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Richard J. Smith, 48, of Clinton, Iowa passed away at Mercy Medical Center North on Saturday, December 9, 2017. A funeral service will be held at 11:30 am on Thursday, December 14, at Lemke Funeral Homes South Chapel (2610 Manufacturing Drive). A visitation will occur from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Wednesday, December 13, at Lemke Funeral Homes South Chapel. A private family burial will take place at Clinton Lawn Cemetery at a later date.

Richard was born February 3, 1969 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of James and Veda (Cooksley) Smith. He was a graduate of Clinton High School. Richard was united in marriage to Kristina Kris Hansen on March 3, 2003 in Savanna, Illinois.

Richard was a member of the Iowa National Guard, serving for 20+ years. He worked as a process technician for Carlon/Lamson & Sessions Co. for 20+ years and then worked for Custom-Pak for 5 years.

He enjoyed the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing. He was very mechanically inclined and enjoyed working on cars and all things mechanical. He was always there to lend a helping hand, whether it was electrical or mechanical work or just as a loyal friend. Above all, he loved his family very much, especially his children.

Richard is survived by his mother Veda of Clinton; his wife Kris of Clinton; one daughter Melanie Clark of Clinton; one son John Smith of Clinton; one step-son Joshua Hansen of Clinton; four grandchildren; five sisters Becky Cummings of Bellevue, IA, Christine (Jimmie) Schnoor of Camanche, Erma Naeve of Bellevue, IA, Patty (Kevin) Mayberry of Boone, IA and June (Frank) Schlecht of Clinton; two brothers William Smith of Clinton and Donald (Diana) Smith of Gallatin, TN; with several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and friends.

Preceding Richard in death were his father and one son - Anthony James Smith

Memorials made can be directed to the wishes of the family.

Fond memories and condolences for Richards family may be shared at www.lemkefuneralhomes.com, obituary page.
Published on December 10, 2017
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