Richard E. Smith

By Orleans Hub Posted 7 December 2021 at 9:01 am

American flagRichard E. Smith, 90, of Medina NY, went to be with the Lord, Dec. 2, 2021, at his home, surrounded by his loving family. Born April 23, 1931 in Hilton, NY, he was the son of the late Boyd and Minnie (Hill) Smith.

Richard was born and raised in Hilton, NY, where he attended high school.  After high school, Dick was drafted by the U.S. Marine Corps, where he served during the Korean War.  PFC, Richard Smith, received a commendation from “The American Legion” for his commitment to serving in the Armed Forces in the name of Freedom and Democracy, and for courageously protecting our Liberty and Independence. He was a proud Marine through and through.

Dick married the love of his life, Judith Vangee, on Dec. 4, 1958 and they were married for 63 years and together they raised two children, Kim & Tim.  Dick was employed by General Motors for over 30 years. He was an avid sportsman and he loved hunting, fishing and boating. He also taught the Hunter Safety course for many years.

He accepted Christ as his savior at the Oak Orchard Assembly of God Church, where he served many years as a deacon and the church treasurer. He loved the Lord and he loved others. His quick wit would always put a smile on your face. He played the guitar and for fifteen years he would join others from the church and minister to the folks in the nursing home.  He was loved by all who new him and he will be sorely missed.

Richard is survived by his wife, Judy; children: Kim Barker and Timothy Smith, both of Medina, NY; brother, Sidney Smith of Hilton; grandchildren: Samantha, Richard, Andrew Nicholas, Kala, Jessica and Melissa; and three great-grandchildren.

Calling hours will be at Oak Orchard Assembly of God Church, 12111 Ridge Rd., Medina, NY, on Sat., Dec. 11, from 10-11 a.m. followed by a memorial service at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers Memorials can be made to the Oak Orchard Assembly of God Church.