Dick was raised in Roseville, Ohio, where he graduated from high School. He continued his education by attending Ohio University. Dick started his career in banking as a collector, working at various banks throughout the state for 43 years, before retiring as the President and CEO of Malta National Bank. He was an active member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Amherst and served on numerous boards during his church memberships. He was a member of the Stonington Masonic Lodge #503, where he served as a 32nd degree Mason and was also involved with the Shriner organization. Dick invested his time and energy with mentoring young people in the Boy Scouts. He was a scout leader with the Zanesville Troop #117, Springfield #150, and Lexington #152. During this time, he was awarded the Silver Beaver, and Lamb Award and attended numerous Philmont hikes. Dick also produced three Eagle Scouts which included his two sons and one grandson. He was also a member of the Firelands Council Executive board for many years. In his spare time, he loved to remodel homes, of which he did 75. His hobbies included traveling, which included all 50 states and nine trips to Europe and numerous cruises, as well as square dancing with his wife. Dick was involved in multiple service groups throughout the state including the Jaycees, Lions, Kiwanis, Rotary International and the Exchange Club. His greatest joy was spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and was never to busy too attend all of their events.
Survivors include his loving wife of 63 years, Eloise Smith (nee Fye); his sons and their wives, Richard A. and Deborah Smith of Helotes, Texas, Mike R. and Debra Smith of Amherst; his daughter and her husband, Ann E. and Darren Conley of Amherst; grandchildren, Richard M. (Beth) Smith, Katelyn A. Smith, Jamie B. Smith, Jordan M. Smith, Courtney Conley, Jacob Conley and Bradley Conley; and one great grandson, Sawyer E. Smith.
He was preceded in death by an infant brother, Donald; and his parents, Andrew R. and Irene Smith (nee Young).
Dick’s family would like to extend their deep gratitude to the staff of the Wesleyan Village for their compassion and care extended to their family during this difficult time.
Friends may call Wednesday, July 24, 2013, from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 P.M., at the Hempel Funeral Home, 373 Cleveland Ave., Amherst. A Masonic Service will be held at 7 P.M., at the funeral home. Funeral services will be held Thursday, July 25, 2013, at 1 P.M., at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 115 Central Drive, Amherst. The Reverend Gary Richard will officiate. Burial will follow at Cleveland Avenue Cemetery, Amherst.
The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to Boy Scouts of America, 471 US 250, Ashland, OH 44805, or St. Paul Lutheran Church, 115 Central Drive, Amherst, OH 44001.