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Richard was born Oct. 17, 1952 in Frankfurt, Germany to Gerald and Loretta (Scholz) Smith.
He was a resident of Springfield, Mo. He worked at Rickett-Benckiser (French’s) as maintenance mechanic for almost 20 years. He was an active member of union local #340.
In 1979 Richard and Kathy Harper were united in marriage in Ava, Mo., and to this union one daughter, Mandy, was born. Richard loved golfing and most of all spending time with his friends, family and especially his grandchildren. He was a good friend and brother to many.
Richard was preceded by his mother, Loretta Maxine; one brother, Edward Smith; an aunt, Rosalie Barham; and a sister-in-law, Kris Krider.
Richard is survived by a daughter and husband, Mandy and Sheldon Mackey, Ava, Mo.; six grandchildren, Paige, Allie, Hailey, Jacob, Brayden and Lexie; his father, Gerald W. Smith, Marshfield, Mo.; one sister, Virginia and Jerry Buck, of Kentucky; nephew, Scott Smith; as well as other nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.
Funeral services for Richard will be Saturday, July 10, at 2 p.m. in the Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Ava, with burial in the Hensley Cemetery, Mansfield, Mo. Visitation will be Saturday, July 10, from 12:30 p.m. to service time in the funeral home. Officiating will be Dennis Coday.
Memorials may be made to the family as love offerings. Online condolences may be made to www. clinkingbeardfuneralhome.com.