Richard R. "Dick" Smith

3 May, 193123 January, 2020

Richard R. (Dick) Smith passed away Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020 at Colonial Village in Overland Park, KS.

Dick was born on May 3, 1931 in Kansas City, MO to Marie and Ray Smith who preceded him in death along with his sister Betty Barlow and brother Bob Smith. He graduated from Bishop Lillis High School in 1948 and attended Rockhurst University. He married Virginia Rose Lembo on March 31, 1951.

Dick was president and owner of Dick Smith Ford for over 60 years until he retired and sold the dealership in 2016. He served as president of the Greater Kansas City Motor Car Dealers Association and was on the board of directors for the Missouri Automobile Dealers Association and the National Ford Dealer Council. He represented the state of Missouri on the National Automobile Dealers Association Board of Directors.

He also was a member of Church of the Nativity, a century member and former president of Blue Hills Country Club, and was one of the original red coaters for the Kansas City Chiefs.

Dick is survived by his wife of 68 years, Virginia, and his five children, Michael (Kathleen), Mark (Robin), Phillip (Melinda), Susan Vogliardo (Joe) and Barbara Biel (Greg). He was blessed with 13 grandchildren -- Jeff Smith (Brooke), Richard Smith, Matt Smith (Lindsey), Stephanie Miller (Ben), Amy Holsopple (Scott), Brandon Smith (Mary), Kyle Smith, Jennifer Vogliardo, Tiffany Cross (Bill), Katie Bartlett (Dave), Andrew Vogliardo (Lisa), Alex Biel and Natalie Biel -- as well as 13 great grandchildren -- Parker, Jack, Luke, Easton, Hadley, Georgia, Jillian, Coen, Charlie, Ellie, Henry, Liam and Theo. Dick is also survived by his brother-in-law Everett Mealman.

Funeral services are private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Dick’s name can be sent to Holy Name Catholic School, 1007 SW Blvd., Kansas City, KS 66103.


  • Virginia [Lembo] Smith, Wife
  • Michael Smith (Kathleen), Son
  • Mark Smith (Robin), Son
  • Phillip Smith (Melinda), Son
  • Susan Vogliardo (Joe), Daughter
  • Barbara Biel (Greg), Daughter
  • Jeff Smith (Brooke), Grandson
  • Richard Smith, Grandson
  • Matt Smith (Lindsey), Grandson
  • Stephanie Miller (Ben), Granddaughter
  • Amy Holsopple (Scott), Granddaughter
  • Brandon Smith (Mary), Grandson
  • Kyle Smith, Grandson
  • Jennifer Vogliardo, Granddaughter
  • Tiffany Cross (Bill), Granddaughter
  • Katie Bartlett (Dave), Granddaughter
  • Andrew Vogliardo (Lisa), Grandson
  • Alex Biel, Grandson
  • Natalie Biel, Granddaughter
  • Everett Mealman, Brother-in-law
  • Marie [Phipps] Smith, Mother (deceased)
  • Clarence Smith, Father (deceased)
  • Betty Barlow, Sister (deceased)
  • Bob Smith, Brother (deceased)
  • Dick also leaves 13 great grandchildren to cherish his memory - Parker, Jack, Luke, Easton, Hadley, Georgia, Jillian, Coen, Charlie, Ellie, Henry, Liam and Theo

  • Jeffrey Smith
  • Richard Smith
  • Matthew Smith
  • Brandon Smith
  • Kyle Smith
  • Andrew Vogliardo
  • Alex Biel

  • Holy Name Catholic School


Richard R. "Dick" Smith

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Luann Heshion

12 February 2020

Have so many great memories of having Dick for a friend in school. He was always so happy, always a smile, always there for you. He has a great family who must have given him much pleasure. Know he will be sadly missed by all.

James Taylor

11 February 2020

To the Smith Family - Mark, Mike, Phil, Susan, Barbara and Ginny, Our hearts, thoughts and prayers are with you all as we, the Taylor family mourns with you with the passing of Your Father and Husband - Dick. He was a great friend to our Father, and I - especially, have great memories growing up of him and all of you. With all of our love, the Taylor's. James Jr, Jane, Liz and Anne.

Russ Klement

31 January 2020

My condolences to the Smith family. Dick leaves quite a legacy. I hope Mike, Mark, and Phil are doing well.

Lisa and Steve Garver

25 January 2020

We have run into Mr. and Mrs. Smith in restaurants many times, over the years. We would always talk about our children and their grandchildren, who were friends. Through our own friendship with Susan and Joe, we got to know them better. Mr. Smith was always so warm and cordial towards us. A better example of a family man, would be hard to find. His love of his wife, children and grandchildren was evident. We send our deepest condolences.

Steve and Lisa Garver

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