Richard Louis Smith
Richard Louis Smith, 85, a resident of Cape Coral, FL for the past 15 years, passed away Tuesday, May 12, 2020 in Cape Coral. He was born October 11, 1934 in Wyandotte, MI to Walter and Verna Smith, now deceased. Also preceded in death by his brother,
Ronald Smith, and sister, Patricia Denson.
Richard is survived by his beloved wife of 58 years. Irene “Susie” Smith of Cape Coral; two loving children, Scott Smith (Rosemarie) of Fort Myers, and Mark Smith (Trisha) of Battle Creek, MI; six grandchildren, Serena Smith, Daniel Smith, Gregory Smith, Melanie Smith, Rebecca Smith, and Kaden Smith; as well as one great grandchild, Kylee Smith.
After graduating from Wyandotte High School in January1953 he joined the U. S. Navy and spent four years with the Sixth Fleet. He was trained as a boiler operator, and after his discharge became a Stationary Engineer at Scott Paper Company, in Delray, Michigan.
In 1962 he and Irene “Susie” were married. He retired from Ford Motor Company after 30 years as a Stationary Engineer.
The Smiths resided on Grosse Isle, MI for 41 years where Richard built two homes: one on Southpointe Drive and lastly on Meridian Road. His favorite sports were golfing, boating, traveling and fishing. He was not skilled in the latter. During a fishing tournament in the Florida Keys everyone caught several fish; his only catch was one 3-4 inch fish, which they used for bait.
In 2006 Richard and “Susie” renewed their wedding vows during a 28-day Amazonian Cruise.
As a Korean War Veteran a military tribute and Celebration of Life will be held at a later date at First Assembly of God, Fort Myers, FL and a second service in the Downriver area of Wayne County, MI. Details to be announced via www.MullinsMemorial.com
Memorial Contributions in memory of Richard Louis Smith are suggested to The Cape Coral Military Museum, 4820 Leonard St., Cape Coral, FL 33904 or to The Wounded Warrior Project, PO BOX 758517 Topeka, KS 66675.
Friends are invited to send condolences via the on-line guest book which can be found at www.MullinsMemorial.com.
Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cape Coral, is entrusted with final care.