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838 East Kimberly Road, Davenport, IA

OBITUARY

Raymond D. Smith

September 16, 1927September 5, 2019
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Raymond D. Smith, 91, of Davenport passed away Thursday, September 5, 2019 in Davenport.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, September 10, 2019 at 11:00 am at Grace Lutheran Church 1140 E. High Street in Davenport. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in Krell Cemetery, rural Muscatine. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Grace Lutheran Church Parish Nurses. Online condolences may be left at www.rungemortuary.com.

Ray was born September 16, 1927 in Letts, IA to Daniel and Ruth (Pratt) Smith. After his 1945 graduation, he served in the U.S. Army and then graduated from Chillicothe Business College.

He was united in marriage to Barbara Batchelor on October 15, 1950 in rural Muscatine, she preceded him in death on January 13, 2017.

Ray was a life-long athlete and especially enjoyed basketball and until age 84, senior softball. He was a passionate Hawkeye fan! Ray also loved flower gardening, shooting pool and playing cards. Supporting his family as an accountant at Caterpillar, he loved telling people that he was retired from CAT longer than he worked there! In his retirement, Ray served on the board of CEFCU affording enjoyable travel for himself and Barbara. He also volunteered as a church treasurer at Grace, where they were active members.

Those left to honor his memory include his children: Elizabeth Sanderson, South Dakota; Daniel (Mary Kate) Smith, New Jersey; Susan (James) McDonough, Chicago, IL; Joseph (Mary Ellen) Smith, Chicago; ten grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

In addition to his parents and wife, Ray was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Margaret;

  • FAMILY

  • Daniel Smith, Father (deceased)
  • Ruth (Pratt) Smith, Mother (deceased)
  • Barbara (Batchelor) Smith, Wife (deceased)
  • Elizabeth Sanderson, Daughter
  • Daniel (Mary Kate) Smith, Son
  • Susan (James) McDonough, Daughter
  • Joseph (Mary Ellen) Smith, Son
  • Margaret Smith, Daughter (deceased)
  • Also left to cherish his memory are ten grandchildren and five great grandchildren.
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Sue McDonough, Pallbearer
  • Liz Sanderson, Pallbearer
  • Dan Smith, Pallbearer
  • Joe Smith, Pallbearer
  • Jerry Lindholm, Pallbearer
  • Noah Sanderson, Pallbearer
  • DONATIONS

  • Grace Lutheran Church Parish Nurses

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, September 10, 2019
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, September 10, 2019

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Trish Nazarenus

September 11, 2019

Ray was a patient where I worked at DR. Moon's dental office for 11 years. I truly enjoyed when him and Barb came in. They were such a lovely couple. They are now reunited again! Rest in Heaven

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Biography

Raymond D. Smith was known as many things to many people. He was a loved one, a friend, and someone special. To family and friends who knew him best, Raymond will be remembered as a very exceptional person.

Raymond was born on September 16, 1927 in Letts, Iowa. He was the son of Daniel and Ruth (Pratt) Smith.

Raymond enjoyed his college years, which may have been a challenge with all of the academics, responsibilities, and the sudden freedom that accompanied them, but Raymond was able to manage the balancing act. He graduated from Chillicothe Business College.

On October 15, 1950, Raymond exchanged wedding vows with Barbara Batchelor in Muscatine, Iowa. Empathic and loyal, Raymond was committed to making his new family happy.

Raymond worked hard to be a good father to his children and he did his best to fulfill their needs. Raymond was blessed with five children, Elizabeth, Daniel, Susan, Joseph and Margaret. Another blessing for Raymond was the gift of ten grandchildren, five great grandchildren.

Fortunately, Raymond enjoyed what he did for a living. Showing a strong work ethic, Raymond worked diligently and did his best to succeed in his career. His primary occupation was an accountant. He was employed at Caterpillar. Raymond always sought to be a team player, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done.

Raymond was an Army veteran enlisting in 1945. His fellow soldiers viewed him as a brother in arms and knew that he was as much a part of their family as their loved ones back home.

Raymond enjoyed his leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. His favorite pursuits were flower gardening, shooting pool and playing cards. He was content to enjoy his favorite pastimes alone but was also willing to share his interests with others.

Raymond found pleasure in sports. In high school, Raymond played basketball and softball. Raymond was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed following his favorite events whenever he had the chance to do so. Tops on his list were the Iowa Hawkeye.

Raymond was a man who took pride in upholding his beliefs. So it is little wonder that he took an active role in his community, serving on the board of CDFCU affording enjoyable travel for himself and Barbara.

Raymond’s faith was important to him. He was a member Grace Lutheran Church. During that time, he volunteered as a church treasurer.

When Raymond’s retirement finally arrived Raymond was well prepared. He loved telling people he retired from CAT longer that he worked there! Even in retirement, Raymond continued to stay in touch with his old friends while making plenty of new acquaintances. Raymond was active in his new community and felt fulfilled with the opportunities retirement offered him.

Raymond passed away on September 5, 2019 at Ridgecrest Village. He is survived by his children: Elizabeth Sanderson, South Dakota; Daniel (Mary Kate) Smith, New Jersey; Susan (James) McDonough, Chicago, IL; Joseph (Mary Ellen) Smith, Chicago; ten grandchildren and five great grandchildren. In addition to his parents and wife, Ray was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Margaret. Services were held at Grace Lutheran Church. Raymond was laid to rest in Krell Cemetery in Muscatine, Iowa.

Simply stated, Raymond was a good and kind person, an individual who will for all time be remembered by his family and friends as being a caring and giving person, someone who was a vital part of their lives. Raymond leaves behind him a legacy of life-long friendships and many cherished memories. Everyone whose life he touched will always remember Raymond D. Smith.