Richard J. Smith

February 28, 1935April 26, 2021

PEKIN ~ Richard Junior Smith, 86, of Pekin, passed away at 8:05 a.m. Monday, April 26, 2021 at the Villas of Hollybrook in Pekin.

Born February 28, 1935 in Beardstown to James Earl and Ada Marie (Suddeth) Smith, he married Melva A. Jackson on July 29, 1958 in Pekin. She died March 8, 2019 in Pekin. He also was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers and eight sisters.

Surviving are one daughter, Nancy (Kelly) Simpson of Green Valley; two sons, Rick (Patsy) Smith of Pekin and Scott (Debra) Smith of Ludington, Michigan; seven grandchildren; several great-grandchildren and one brother, Jim Smith of Pekin.

Richard was a United States Navy veteran of the Vietnam War.

He retired from Caterpillar, Inc. with 30 years of service.

Richard was a lover of cars and active in drag racing for many years with his brothers and nephews. He also enjoyed fishing and camping. He was a former member George Maple Memorial AMVETS Post 169 in Pekin.

His private military burial will be in War Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Pekin. Military rites will be accorded by the United States Navy and the Tazewell Area Ceremonial Team. Arrangements have been entrusted to Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin.

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Fred E. Eertmoed

April 30, 2021

Dear Nancy and family of my friend Richard. He called me his best friend Frank. It was my
joy and pleasure to share part of my life with him. We became very good friends over
the eight months at Autumn Accolade and several times when he was alone and could not
find Nancy, he asked for my help. I could not determine why he wanted my help or what
It could be and finally it dawned on me that he did not want to die alone. I felt his move to
another facility may have been a good idea. I planned to visit him this past Monday, but
the Good Lord had other plans.

May Richard rest in peace for he told me he loved the Lord.

Best regards, Fred E . Eertmoed

Val Bohlander

April 29, 2021

I worked with Dick for several years at Cat. He was a great guy and a kind person. Rest peacefully friend. Sympathies to his family.

Denny Wubker

April 28, 2021

Condolences to the family. RIP Uncle Dick, you will be missed.

Julie Cockrell

April 28, 2021

Oh sweet Richard. From the day I met you over a year ago you were such a blessing. God knew I needed you to get me through the next year. I will miss you so much and our talks.

I am so sorry. I will continue to pray for you and your family. Richard had a special place in my heart 💜 and I will miss him so much.
Much Love
Julie LPN

Paul and Jeanie Ackerman / and family's

April 27, 2021

Nancy and family's - on behalf of the family of the late Robert and Barbara Jackson we send Sincere Condolences to all.