Richard E. Smith Sr.’s life began on December 24, 1940 in Topeka, KS; the son of Clyde and Alma (Johnson) Smith. Richard was a graduate of Topeka High School in 1958. He proudly served his country in the 101st Rifle Company with the United States Marine Corps and earned an honorable discharge after a six-year service. Richard married Pamela K. (Fraker) Smith on December 31, 1965 in Topeka, then moved to El Dorado in 1970 where he was the president of Kansas Aluminum, Inc. for 36 years. He worked hard for his family and was always providing for those around him. He enjoyed discussing sports, politics, playing poker, and was an avid Green Bay Packers fan. Richard was opinionated, honest and ethical. His family includes his children, Richard Smith Jr. of El Dorado, Randall E. Smith of El Dorado; grandchildren Richard Smith III of Ft. Collins, CO, John R. Sheldahl of Phoenix, Arizona; nephews John Endacott, Brooks Endacott, both of Pensacola, FL; adopted granddaughter Rachel Wolecki of Perth, Scotland; and forever friend Pamela K. Smith of El Dorado. Richard passed away on January 2, 2022 in Durant, OK. He is preceded in death by his sister Roberta A. Endacott-Graf and his parents. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 15 at 10:30 am at Carlson Colonial Funeral Home. Graveside services will be held on Monday, January 17 at 10:30 am at Mount Hope Cemetery in Topeka. Memorial contributions may be directed to a fund set aside for the grandchildren. Please sign his online guestbook and leave a memory of Richard at www.carlsonkirbymorris.com
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