Richard Kenton Smith
October 2, 1944 - April 2, 2024

Richard was born October 2, 1944 in Saginaw, Michigan but lived most of his life in Tuscola, Michigan.  He graduated from Vassar high school in 1962.  Richard worked 12 years at Universal Tooling of Frankenmuth, Michigan.  He retired from Delphi (formerly Saginaw Steering Gear) after 25 years’ service.

His love and memories will be cherished by his loving wife, Jill Ann Smith; and mother, Loraine Smith; children, James Smith and his wife Sabrina, Michael Smith and his wife Terri, Jeff Smith, Carrie Smith and her husband Anthony; siblings, Dale Smith and his wife Carol of Tuscola, Michigan, David Smith and his partner James of Bay City, and Dawn Lanfear and her husband Brian; six nieces and nephews along with a  special niece, Darcey Allen; eight grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; and dear friends, Dennis and Cathy Nusz.  He was preceded in death by his father, Ray Kenton Smith; sister, Donna Allen; and great granddaughter, Adelina.

Richard and Jill were married for 32 years and lived 25 years in Saginaw, Michigan.  They purchased property and vacationed in Florida until their final move to Florida in 2016 where they currently reside. While in Florida, Richard and Jill met many friends. Some still remain very close friends. Time spent at local Eagle, Moose, American legion, and also Tahitian Garden recreation clubs, honing their gaming skills, while also enjoying cruises and casino trips.

Richard also became a RC boat (model boat) enthusiast.  He went on to win with the highest boat points of 255 amongst 15 sailors. A hobby he truly enjoyed while in Florida.   Meanwhile…back in Michigan, Richard looked forward every year to deer hunting season during November, in Glennie, with his family, and going to deer camp. When he wasn’t hunting in the fall, he was busy nurturing that property every chance he got, maintaining, mowing and planting.

Richard and Jill loved spending time creating a beautiful backyard oasis, complete with lots of flowers, plants, birds, and a beautiful garden pond which housed Koy fish.  Richard also enjoyed a good cigar, with his loyal companion, Princess, on his lap, while spending time with family and friends.  He was always good for a great story and/or joke.  Richard was a friend to many, A stranger to few.

He will be missed by many but remembered always.  Richard fought a very long illness, while strongly resisting leaving behind his “Jillie”.  As it goes…it was time. He was needed more by his creator.  He now is pain free and at peace/rest.  His memory will live on with his loved ones and dearest friends.

Donations may be made to the National Kidney Foundation in his honor, select the DONATE button below.

Que Sera’Sera’


4 Comments

  • Cynthia Wood Posted April 6, 2024 3:03 pm

    So sorry for your loss Jill. We have missed you both. May Dick rest in peace. Much love!

  • Brittany Smith Posted April 10, 2024 3:48 pm

    You will always be in my thought’s Grandpa, I will always cherish the moment’s we had.

  • Donna Feldman Posted April 12, 2024 8:27 am

    Condolences to Jill, family members and love ones. Sending warm hugs.

  • Joyce Croft Posted April 14, 2024 10:18 am

    Condolences to you Jill, and Dick’s family and friends. Rest in peace Dick.


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