Richard was the son of Everett and Lucille Smith, born Oct. 28, 1921, in Vermillion County. He married Madge Huff Smith on Sept. 23, 1945, in her home near Bremen. He preceded her in death Nov. 7, 2010.
Richard graduated from Perrysville High School and then Purdue University majoring in animal husbandry. He enlisted in the US Army Air Corp and served in the European theatre. Richard managed a Purdue University research farm concerned with beef cattle feeding. In 1954, he moved to his own farm near Bremen. Richard was active in Bremen United Methodist Church. He served many years as Lay Leader, taught Sunday School, was active on the administrative board, and in United Methodist Men. He served for 35 years as president of Marshall County Farm Bureau and also served on the Extension Board. Richard was president of the Bremen School Board when the high school was built in 1961. He was active in Bremen Kiwanis. Richard loved his family. He attended school events, 4-H fairs, baseball, football, and soccer games to watch grandchildren and great grandchildren. He patiently taught children to fish. He always enjoyed a day of fishing whether in winter or summer. He fried the fish for many family meals. Richard liked to travel and visited every state.
Surviving are two daughters: Linda (Dennis) Burch, Mentone, Ind.; Pamela (Don) Orr, Noblesville, Ind.; five grandchildren: Dawn (Shawn) Campbell, Bremen; Deanna (Scott) Greene, Fort Wayne; Deborah Burch, Fort Wayne; David (Kara) Orr, Piedmont, S.C.; Daniel (Celina) Orr, Dallas, Texas; nine great-grandchildren: Abby and Zach Campbell; Aaron, Isaac, Ellie, and Audrey Greene; Caleb and Silas Orr; and Phoebe Orr.; and sisters; Hilda Myers, Clearwater, Fla.
He was proceeded in death by his parents and a brother, Wayne.
Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 8, at Mishler Funeral Home. Funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 9, at Mishler Funeral Home, Bremen. The service will be officiated by Pastor Scott Greene. Burial will follow at the Bremen Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Bremen United Methodist Church, building fund.