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“Although I am unable to be there to offer my love and support, know that I am thinking of you all. I wish you peace and comfort. May you all come...Read More »
1 of 15 | Posted by: Jill Whitaker - Shiloh, IL

“My thoughts and prayers are with you. Dick is in pain no more. Tomorrow we will celebrate Dick's life. Looking forward to hearing all the stories. ...Read More »
2 of 15 | Posted by: Suzanna Phelps - Belleville, IL

“RIP to my brother-in-law Richard Smith. You will be deeply missed. I cherish the memories of fishing, gardening and watching the late night movies...Read More »
3 of 15 | Posted by: David Phelps - Sparta, IL

4 of 15 | Posted by: Peggy Sue Raymond - Osceola, MO

“Very sad to read of Richard's passing. My sincere condolences to Linda, the kids and family. Richard was one of the founding members of the...Read More »
5 of 15 | Posted by: BOB HEIL - Pleasant Hope,, MO

“Remembering all the family during this time. Dick will be missed by all the family, friends and co workers. He is probably already showing someone in...Read More »
6 of 15 | Posted by: Ed Rhein - Belleville, IL

“To the family of Richard "Dick" Smith, I humbly ask Our Lord Jesus Christ to comfort each and everyone of you during this moment in your lives. I...Read More »
7 of 15 | Posted by: Mike Wilson - Sparta, IL - Friend

“SEMPER FI - FELLOW VETERAN THANK YOU - FOR YOUR SERVICE TO OUR COUNTRY.You are one of our heroes. We will remember you always and miss you dearly...Read More »
8 of 15 | Posted by: PHIL ODOM - HOUSTON, TX

“Linda, My sincere condolences on the passing of your husband. It's been a lot of years, but I I think of you often. Praying for you and your family...Read More »
9 of 15 | Posted by: Rita Smith (Chittenden) - Walton, WV

“Tim, Becky, Matt & Aunt Linda,Sorry to hear about Uncle Richard passing away. I will always remember coming over and hearing his radios going off in...Read More »
10 of 15 | Posted by: Bart Rhein - Denver, CO - Family

“Linda, Becky, Tim, & Matt, So very sorry for the loss of a wonderful man who will never be forgotten! He meant so much to so many may his memory...Read More »
11 of 15 | Posted by: Barb Hill - Mascoutah, IL

“As one father and son journey ends, one begins. Thanks for all the memories. I will never forget. Miss you. ”
12 of 15 | Posted by: Matthew Smith - Bluffs, IL - Son

“Much respect and heartfelt sympathies going out to the family. He was a tough ol guy but it was my honor to have been his nurse. As tough as he acted...Read More »
13 of 15 | Posted by: April Klausing - Coulterville, IL

“Dear Linda and family, We send you our love and prayers. Dick will be remembered for all he did for the Marissa community. Wish we could be with...Read More »
14 of 15 | Posted by: Sherri Wildt - Seminole, FL

“Sure survey to hear the news. We have a lot of wonderful memories with Dick and Linda at Marissa Fire Departmrjt What a wonderful friend over the...Read More »
15 of 15 | Posted by: Stan and Bev Lewis - Marissa, IL

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Richard Eugen Smith, 71, of Marissa, IL; was born on July 27, 1944 at Rushville, IL; passed away on April 20, 2016 at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Belleville, IL.

Richard Smith was a dozer operator with Peabody Coal Company at River King Mine. He retired from Peabody Coal after 34 years. He was a member of the UMWA and secretary for UMWA Local 1148. He was also a member of Marissa American Legion. He attained the rank of Specialist 4th Class in the United States Army. He was an amateur radio operator and member of the Marissa Amateur Radio Club. He served as a Master Hunting Safety instructor for 29 years, as well as, Marissa volunteer firefighter for 40 years, serving the 13 years as Assistant Chief with his sons and grandsons continuing the tradition. He was an avid fan of the St. Louis Cardinals and Kentucky Wild Cats. In his younger years, he enjoyed outdoor activities, such as gardening, fishing, hunting and mushroom hunting. He also enjoyed helping out with his son's boy scouts and sports activities.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents: Howard (Irma) Walker of Rushville, IL and Cedar Maple Smith of Rushville, IL; His parents – Virginia Eloise Walker Smith Bryant from Rushville, IL and Clinton Cedar Smith of Mo.; two aunts: Wanda Jean Walker (Eugene) Acheson of Rushville, IL and Maurine Walker Corbridge Reeves of Rushville, IL; one uncle: Eldon Smith of Rushville: two brothers: Gary Lee Smith of Beardstown, IL and Sterling Sidney Smith from Rushville, IL.

He is survived by his wife – Linda Gayle Phelps Smith of Marissa which he married on February 14, 1969 in McHenry, KY.; his children – Becky Lynn (Richard) Kurtz of Darmstadt, IL from his first marriage to Marsha Lynn Reed Herren, Timothy Eugene Smith of Marissa, IL and Matthew Chad (Mary Kay) Smith of Bluffs, IL. His grandchildren – Joseph Robert (Melissa) Kurtz from Oak Forest, IL, Zachary Lee (Brittany) Kurtz of Marissa, IL, Corporal Bradley (Jeana) Kurtz of Grafenwaohr, Germany; Kyra Smith of Marissa, IL; Savannah Robinson, Alexandra (Lexie) Robinson and Chase Conrad Smith of Bluffs, IL. Three great-grandchildren – Reed and Nora Kurtz of Oak Forest, IL and Kinzely Kurtz of Marissa, IL. One brother – Roger William (Sandy) Smith of Chatham, IL. One sister – Becky Pearl Bryant (Vic) Menely of Rushville, IL. One sister-in-law – Zella (Gary) Smith of Beardstown, IL. Two nieces: Tara (Greg) McDaniel of Franklin, IL, and Tammy Robb of Springfield, MO. Three nephews: Ronnie Smith of Sunset, TX, Sterling Smith of Muldrow, OK., and Gary (April) Smith, of Long Lane, MO. He will be sadly missed by the Phelps family.

Memorials may be made to the Marissa Fire Dept. for their Memorial Fire Safety Book Collection at the Marissa Library or their Explorer Youth Group.

The family would like to thank the doctors and nurses that have cared for Dick and to all the friends who visited with him in the nursing home.

Condolences to the family may be expressed online at

Visitation: Friends may call at Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in Marissa, IL on Thursday, April 28, 2016 from 4:00pm to 6:30pm.

Funeral: Memorial services will be held at Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in Marissa, IL on Thursday, April 28, 2016 at 6:30pm with Rev. b.c. Dale Bartley officiating.

Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in Marissa, IL is in charge of arrangements.