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Official Obituary of

Richard "Dick" Earl Smith

November 27, 1941 ~ March 16, 2024 (age 82) 82 Years Old

Richard "Dick" Smith Obituary

Richard Earl Smith, known affectionately as Dick to his friends and family, passed away peacefully on March 16, 2024, in Chicago, Illinois. Born on November 27, 1941, in Rushville, Indiana, Dick's journey through life was marked by his intelligence, faith, and passionate spirit.

Dick graduated from Rushville High School and furthered his education at the Wilmington Delaware Art Institute, which set the stage for his successful career. He retired from the Whirlpool Corporation after 30 years of dedicated service, where he made his mark as a talented graphic design artist. His creativity and keen eye for design were not just his profession but also his calling.

Beyond his professional life, Dick was deeply involved in his community and church. He was a valued member of the La Porte JayCees, where he contributed to numerous community service initiatives. His commitment to his faith was evident in his long-standing involvement with the Bethany Lutheran Church choir, where he sang with devotion for 40 years. Richard also led a Promise Keepers group at Bethany Church, inspiring many through his leadership and unwavering faith.

Dick's artistic talents were not confined to his work. He was an accomplished artist whose passion for art was contagious. He found great joy in teaching his artistic techniques to his grandchildren, leaving behind a legacy of creativity and a love for the arts. He shared his talent etching monuments for Kovenz Memorials in La Porte. His interests were diverse; he was the lead singer in a contemporary band, an avid downhill skier, and a sailing enthusiast who owned several sailboats over the years.

Family was the cornerstone of Dick's life. He is survived by his loving wife of nearly 46 years, Ann (Pentis) Smith. Their partnership was a testament to enduring love and mutual support. He was a cherished father to his daughter, Beth (Pat) Mahoney, and his son, Scott (Kristen) Smith. His grandchildren, Dilynn, Liam, and Quinn Mahoney, and Eden and Shepherd Smith, will miss their grandfather's guidance, but his influence will continue to shape their lives. Richard's sisters, Sandy Rogers and Dinah Thalheimer, along with Troy (Elaine) Smith and family, will remember him as a beacon of light in their lives.

Preceded in death by his parents, Earl and Kathryn (Bever) Smith, his daughter Dawn Smith, and his special aunt and uncle, Helen and Harold Hardin, Richard's memory will be a comfort to those who knew him.

Richard Earl Smith's life was one of purpose and joy. His intelligence was matched by his faith-filled heart, and his passion was evident in every aspect of his life. He touched many lives with his artistry, his voice, and his dedication to his family and community. Dick's legacy will continue to inspire those who were fortunate enough to know him. He will be deeply missed, but the memories he created will be treasured forever.

As we bid farewell to Dick, we celebrate a life well-lived, full of accomplishments, love, and unwavering faith. His story does not end here, but continues in the lives of those he loved and the many he inspired. Rest in peace, Richard Earl Smith, a man of many talents and an even greater heart.

Visitation for Dick will be held from 10 a.m. to 12 noon, on Thursday, March 21, 2024, at Bethany Lutheran Church, 102 G. Street, La Porte, Indiana 46350. Funeral services will follow the visitation at 12 noon in the church. Pastor Dennis H. Meyer will officiate. Burial will be at Carmel Cemetery.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Frank L. Keszei Funeral Home, Essling Chapel in La Porte.

Memorials can be made to Bethany Lutheran Church or Bethany Lutheran Foundation at 102 G. Street, La Porte, Indiana 46350.

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March 21, 2024

10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Bethany Lutheran Church (La Porte, Indiana)
102 G. Street
La Porte, IN 46350

Funeral Service
March 21, 2024

12:00 PM
Bethany Lutheran Church (La Porte, Indiana)
102 G. Street
La Porte, IN 46350


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