Richard LeRoy Smith

  • Born: December 17, 1930
  • Died: July 19, 2020
  • Location: McHenry, Illinois

Colonial Funeral Home & Crematory

591 Ridgeview Drive
McHenry, IL 60050
Tel. (815) 385-0063

Tribute & Message From The Family

Loving Dad, Grandpa, Great-Grandpa, Uncle & Friend

Richard LeRoy Smith, age 89, of McHenry, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday morning, July 19, 2020, at Shepherd Premier Senior Living in Ringwood. Richard was born December 17, 1930, in Waukegan, Illinois, the son of Robert A. and Esther A. (Doetsch) Smith. On June 11, 1955, Richard married the love of his life Grace Ann Smith at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in McHenry. Grace Ann preceded Richard in death on September 15, 2002.

Following high school, Richard proudly served his country in the United States Air Force during the Korean War, being honorably discharged on February 9, 1950.

Richard worked at Great Lakes Naval Base and Fort Sheridan as a civilian accountant and financial officer. He loved to garden, spend time with his family and was fortunate to have traveled to Italy, Germany, Greece, Austria and many U.S. destinations as well. One of Richard's greatest joys was hosting a large crowd of family and friends at his home on Main Street for the annual Fiesta Days parade for more than 50 years.

Richard is survived by his loving children: Debbie (Randy) Glick, of McHenry, Illinois, Sandy (Bob) Lane, of Knoxville, Tennessee and Bob (Mandy) Smith, of Leicester, North Carolina; grandchildren: Lauren (Mike) Kranz, Brett Glick, Ryan (Katy) Lane and Ashley (Nikki Mentz) Lane; and great-grandchildren: Ayden Kranz, Bradley Kranz and Jack Lane; sister-in-law, Mary Thompson; niece, Heather (Jared) Lemmons; nephew, Ryan (Jen) Thompson; and several cousins. In addition to his wife, Ann Smith, Richard was preceded in death by his parents, and brother-in-law, Fred Thompson.

Visitation will be held from 4-7 P.M., on Friday, July 24, 2020, at Colonial Funeral Home, 591 Ridgeview Drive, McHenry. Visitation will continue on Saturday, July 25, 2020, from 9-10:30 A.M. at the funeral home. A Funeral Service will be held at 10:30 A.M., in the funeral home chapel. Interment will follow in St. Patrick's Countryside Cemetery with military honors.

Memorials may be made in Richard's name to the McHenry Public Library, 809 N. Front Street, McHenry, IL 60050.

Due to the current public health concerns, face masks will be required and social distancing must be followed.

For more information please visit or call 815-385-0063


Condolence & Memory Journal

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Posted by A friend   July 28, 2020

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Posted by A friend   July 28, 2020

Dick Smith was a key member of the aircraft accident investigation team, 437th Troop Carrier Wing. Those of us who served with him in Japan and Korea from 1950-52 remember him fondly and with deep affection. A contribution, in his name, has been made to the Honor Flight Society.

Posted by Frank Hennig - Clarendon Hills, IL - Served in the Military together   July 26, 2020

We are sorry for your loss... mr smith was a kind man who was was loved by many.. our deepest condolences and sympathy.

Posted by DeeDee Smith - Mchenry, IL - Friend   July 24, 2020

Dear Debbie & Family.... So sorry for your loss... Unfortunately we are out of town during your Dad's services. We will keep him, and his family in our Prayers...

Deepest Sympathies: Henry, Mary & Family (Glick's)

Posted by Henry Glick - McHenry, IL - Family   July 22, 2020

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