Richard Milo Smith

Age 78, of Lansing, MI, passed away May 17, 2019. He was born October 3, 1940, in Lansing, to Milo and Alice Smith.

Richard graduated from J.W. Sexton High School, class of 1958. He proudly served his country for 41 years of dedicated service in the Army National Guard. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and being outdoors. He absolutely adored his grandchildren. He loved his wife and her cooking, going to the casino, taking care of his home and his yard, and loved life. He will be deeply missed.

Richard is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Nancy (Bonifas); son, Grant R. (Lisa) Smith; daughter, Wendy S. Smith (Mike); and grandchildren, Jake, Zak, and Wyatt. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Judith, and twin sons Michael and Mark.

A memorial service will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 23, 2019, at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel. Memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project.

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Jim & Judi McCarthy
May 20, 2019 at 6:42 pm

There will be a hot 6 ( Norm, Tom, Kurt, Ken, Dick B. and Smitty) Euchre or poker game going on up in Heaven. Smitty will organize it and be the emcee, RIP to 6 of the Sexton Seven.

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Ellis Brumbaugh
May 21, 2019 at 6:46 am

I had the honor to have served with Master Warrant Officer Richard Smith. I’ll miss Dick’s sense of humor, his love of the National Guard and it’s members. Nancy, praying you and your family can find peace and enjoy all the great memories. I am sorry, Marilyn and I will be unable to attend his memorial service.

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Susan and Chris
May 21, 2019 at 7:00 am

Nancy, words cannot express the sorrow in our hearts for you and your family. You’ve been so strong. May the love of family and friends give you strength to endure. Richard will be sorely missed by so many. Love and God Bless. Susan and Chris

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Nancy R Smith
May 26, 2019 at 6:42 pm

This the first I have read the website, thank you for the message. This has been quite a stressful time. I surely didn’t expect it would end like this. He will be missed for sure, but I did bring him home with me, and he will stay on the mantel until I decide to pass. Love, you guys.

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George Kerschenheiter
May 21, 2019 at 8:20 am

1982, the Overmeyers allowed our softball team, from Mio, to camp at their house. We were playing in the State Tournamemt. Dick came to all of our games that Labor Day weekend. We finished runner up with Dick coaching us from the sidelines ..great guy.

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Denis Prisk
May 21, 2019 at 9:11 am

Nancy and family, sincere condolences to all of you. In 1995, I transferred to the Michigan Army National guard meeing both you and Dick. For many years you two represented positive examples to many full time employees.

You will forever be part of my best memories of STARC and the MIARNG.

Thank you both for your many years of service to our State and Nation.

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Wanda (Womack) Gurski
May 21, 2019 at 10:44 am

Twilight Lane memories are forever etched in Monica, Debi and my hearts those being made my wonderful friends and neighbors The Smith’s, it would take a book to write about all of them. Our love and condolence to all of you find peace and strength in your love for Dick and each other.

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Laurie (Decatur) Mead
May 21, 2019 at 8:08 pm

Sorry to read of Dicks passing. I thought alot of you guys and appreciated the respect I received from you. My thoughts and prayers are with you Nancy, Wendy, and Grant and family.

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Carol and Marv Kingsley
May 21, 2019 at 8:38 pm

Marv and I send lots of hugs and prayers to you, Nancy and your family. Dick was a great neighbor! His love of home was expressed in the way he took care of your home! And when the neighbors (us) didn’t make it home in time for the first April mowing, Dick took care of that! You are in our prayers!

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Liz cook
May 21, 2019 at 8:55 pm

Nancy Lisa Grant and family. When I think if Dick I can do nothing but laugh and smile. He always got us laughing. From his little sayings. Or driving Tim crazy with his Texas holdem playing abilitles. He was a very genuine soul. God bless you all in this very hard times. Big hugs from the cook family….

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Karen J Gordon
May 22, 2019 at 7:15 am

Nancy, Grant and Wendy, my deepest sympathy in your loss. Dick always made me laugh or he brought a smile to my face. I always remember how he tried to get me to join the Guards. He said I would come in as an officer being a nurse. He was such a shining light in this world.
Big hugs to all. Prayers to get you through this difficult time.

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Debbie and Greg Doss
May 22, 2019 at 1:33 pm

Oh Twilight Lane I remember you well. I remember in my younger days when Al would tell me we were heading over to Dick and Nancy’s I was so excited. Dick always threw the best parties and a good time by all was sure to be had. You were a one of a kind and will truly be missed.
Lots of love to the family.

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Debi Hinckley
May 23, 2019 at 12:11 am

I am in Florida and unable to attend the service. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

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Andrea J Sting
May 23, 2019 at 7:32 am

Sending prayers for strength to The family. I have fond memories of Smitty. He set me up with Tom Loomis- and see how that turned out. Never before or since have I known a man who could turn any encounter into a positive experience. I have often thought of the Smith family and missed their graciousness.

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Jim & Donna Bengel and Family
May 23, 2019 at 8:36 am

Our sympathy to Nancy and family on Dick’s passing and our thoughts and prayers
are with you all.

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Anthony Jones
May 24, 2019 at 9:23 am

Nancy, Grant and Wendy, my prayers to your family strength during this time. Working in the same office with Dick was a riot. He made coming to work fun every day. I am deeply sadden by this. Retirement may seperate us all but it does nit remove the affection that I have for your family. God bless you all.

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