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.