RICHARD “DICK” SMITH

AKKERMAN INGEBRAND FUNERAL HOME – MORA

Richard “Dick” Smith, of Mora, passed away on Friday, December 21, 2018 at the Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids.  He was 77 years old.

MEMORIAL SERVICE will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 2, 2019 at the Mora United Methodist Church with Rev. Debra Schaffran officiating.

MEMORIAL VISITATION will be held from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 1 at the Akkerman Ingebrand Funeral Chapel and one hour prior to the service on Wednesday at the church.

Richard “Dick” Ernest Smith passed away on December 21, 2018 at Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids, MN. He was 77 years old.

Dick was born February 17, 1941 at St Joseph’s Hospital, St. Paul, MN. His family lived in St. Paul and moved to rural Anoka County, Cedar, Minnesota in 1947. He attended grades 2-7 at Cedar Elementary School and then attended high school in St. Francis, Minnesota, graduating in 1958. He attended St. Cloud State University earning a Bachelor of Science in Education in 1963. In 1964, he married his high school sweetheart, Ruth Lee. They were blessed with four sons.

They resided in Backus, Minnesota where he taught mathematics. In 1966, they moved to Mora, Minnesota where he taught junior high mathematics until he was appointed 45/15 year-round school program coordinator and vice principal at Fairview Elementary School. Dick transitioned to business manager, transportation director and facilities manager for the school district after the year-round school program ended. In 2000, he retired after thirty-four years with the Mora School District.

Dick served with the Mora Boy Scout Troop 191 for over 20 years in various positions including Scout Master and Committee Chair. He was also awarded the BSA Silver Beaver Award in 1997. He volunteered with the Vasaloppet Ski Organization for over 40 years. During that time, he held positions such as director and president. He volunteered his time each spring for the annual Mora Classic Series canoe race. Dick was very active with the Mora United Methodist Church serving on the finance committee and active in the men’s club.

He loved simple country life. Each spring he took to the woods to make maple syrup with close friends and family. He and Ruth enjoyed gardening together. He spent many years hunting in northern Minnesota at the “shack” with his family and close friends. He was always ready and willing to help family and friends. Dick was a wonderful husband, father, brother, and grandfather. He will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.

He was preceded in death by his parents and infant son, Todd.

Dick is survived by his wife Ruth; sons Brian (Patti), Brent (Karen), Terry (Joey); grandchildren Skyler, Hailey, Cailyn, Parker and Sawyer; brothers Tim (JoAnn) and Gary; plus many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

 

15 guestbook entries for RICHARD “DICK” SMITH

  1. Tom & Mary Jo Masloski December 22, 2018 at 8:58 pm #

    Very sorry to hear of Dick’s passing. He was a good man.

  2. Cindy L Motschenbacher December 23, 2018 at 7:33 am #

    So sorry to hear of Dicks passing. He was a wonderful man and will be truly missed. Myself being a kid of a mora bus driver for the school system brings back many of fond memories.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Cindy & Allan

  3. Merlin and Mikie Smith December 23, 2018 at 3:58 pm #

    Ruth and family, I was so shocked and saddened to read this. We loved Dick and the thought of him being gone is too hard to imagine. This time of year is so sad for people that lose a loved one. There seems to be so many lately and to find joy in the season seems impossible. I am praying that the support of your family and friends will help you through this and please know we are with you even though we can’t be there. We quit driving to Mora after we turned 80. Love to you all, Mikie and Merlin Smith

  4. Frank J Vouk December 23, 2018 at 4:19 pm #

    Dick was a very special man. I respected him a lot. He didn’t know it but he taught me the finer points of 31 and I FINALLY beat him a couple weeks ago at the cabin. We will surely miss him at the cabin tending the wood stove and “holding down the fort ” while we were all out hunting. Good times and great memories

  5. Barbara A Zell December 23, 2018 at 6:00 pm #

    He will be missed by many. What a wonderful man….father, husband and grandpa. we all loved him.

  6. mary ringler December 24, 2018 at 11:05 am #

    So sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and Prayers go out to all his family.
    He was a very nice man.
    Terry & Mary Beth Ringler

  7. Judy Collins December 25, 2018 at 12:18 pm #

    So sorry to hear of Dick’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you!!

  8. Dick Jones December 26, 2018 at 7:00 pm #

    I had the opportunity to work with in the early 70’s. We spent several Friday nights scouting upcoming Mustang opponents

    He will be missed

  9. Eric Hedlund December 29, 2018 at 10:00 am #

    Thoughts and prayers to Dick’s family from Hale and Eric Hedlund in Arizona. Sorry to hear the news about Dick’s passing. We have great memories from the 1950’s and ’60’s while living near the Smiths and Lees at Cedar.

  10. Pius Lacher December 31, 2018 at 1:31 pm #

    Dick was one of the finest people I worked with and and his friendship was my privilege. Dick was a valued member of my cabinet in the years I served as Superintendent of the Mora Area Schools. Dicks kind and helpful personality was a gift. His memory will be with me for all the years I live. Pius Lacher

  11. Jackie,Rich and Luke Nordstrom January 1, 2019 at 7:54 am #

    Dick was a real example of “Love your neighbor as yourself” Dick volunteered without hesitation for so many things involving our church and community and was such an amazing man! He was hardworking, kind and generous in everything he set out to do.

    Our deepest Sympathy to all of Dick’s family and loved ones

  12. Vincent and Mary Shallbetter January 2, 2019 at 11:29 am #

    Prayers for courage, strength and peace for the family. 🙏🙏🙏

  13. Steve Cottingam January 7, 2019 at 3:00 pm #

    So sorry to hear about Dick. Met Dick long ago when I first came to Mora. Great guy that will certainly be missed. My best to all the family.

  14. Catherine Sawatzky January 9, 2019 at 9:37 am #

    I am so sorry for your loss. Prayers.

  15. Bruce Arnold January 17, 2019 at 8:55 pm #

    Thinking of you Ruth. Sorry to hear of your husband’s passing – know you are held in the highest regard and you are in the thoughts of the many that know and appreciate you too.

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