J. Richard Smith, 83 of Lorain, passed away on Saturday, August 31, 2019 at his home. He drove tank in the 32nd Armor Division of the Army. Richard had worked at Bechstein Paving in Birmingham, Griffith Black Top in Lorain, and retired from Fralley as a truck driver. He had lived in Corona and Norco, CA for some time, before moving back to Lorain in 1973. Richard was a member of Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church in Lorain and liked car racing and John Wayne westerns. He was a “comedic genius”.
Richard is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Karen (nee Webber); children, Jeff (Maureen), Scot, Natalie Calamante (Michael), Sarah Smith, and Stephen Vanek; grandchildren, Maggie, Heather, Molly, Anne, Daniel, Aileen, Michael, David, Phillip, Gabrielle, and Morgan; 5 great grandchildren; and brothers, Warren Roy and Kenneth Smith.
He was preceded in death by his parents Carlton and Helen Smith; and siblings, William Boyd Smith in infancy, Carlton Robert “Bob” Smith, Gerald Russell Smith, Donna Smith Franklin, and Carol Smith Dendinger.
The family will receive friends at the Smith residence -1157 West 8th Street, Lorain, 44052 on Thursday from 1-8pm. The Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday at 10am at Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church in Lorain. Burial to follow at Calvary Cemetery in Lorain.