Richard E. (Dick) Smith
Richard E. “Dick” Smith, Jr. passed away Sunday, January 4, 2009 at his home in Estes Park, CO. He was 97 years old.
Born October 12, 1911, in Chicago, IL, he was the youngest of three children born to Richard E. and Meta Schaedel Smith. In 1929, he graduated from Senne High School in Chicago and attended Northwestern University.
Dick married Martha S. Lochmann on June 6, 1937 in Hinsdale, IL, where they resided until his retirement in 1974. They then moved to Estes Park, CO to live in the Rocky Mountains where they had enjoyed many vacations over the years. Martha passed away on April 7, 1987.
Dick was employed by Mobil Oil Corporation for 34 years after working briefly for the Brunswick Corporation and Hardings’ Restaurants in Chicago during the depression.
After moving to Estes Park, Dick and Martha were both active in The Friday Nighters, the Estes Park Rock Club and Mount Calvary Lutheran Church. Dick was a member of the Optimist Club, the Model Railroad Club and served one term on the Upper Thompson District Board. For the past 20 years, he had served on the Executive Board of the Estes Valley Memorial Gardens.
Dick enjoyed woodworking and carpentry along with other artistic endeavors. His most challenging project was the creation of a ten foot totem pole on his property.
He was preceded in death by two sisters, Pauline (Peggy) Force and Francis Smith, and several nieces and nephews.
He is survived by two daughters, Suzanne Smith of Alta Vista, KS and Judy Schineller and husband Robert; grandson Richard Schineller and wife Valerie; great granddaughter Hannah Schineller and great grandson Robert Schineller, all of Longmont, CO. He is also survived by two nieces and one nephew.
Services were held at Mount Calvary Lutheran Church in Estes Park on Monday, January 12, 2008. Interment took place at Estes Valley Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be sent to Best Friends Animal Society in care of Allnutt Funeral Service, 1302 Graves Avenue, Estes Park, CO 80517.
See www.allnutt.com to see Dick’s on-line obituary and send a message to the family.