VeteranRichard Leroy Smith

Richard Leroy Smith, 67, of Macomb, died at 3:20 a.m. July 4, 2008, at McDonough District Hospital emergency room in Macomb.

He was born Sept. 1, 1940, in New Canton, a son of Richard Lee and Marian Hathaway Smith. He married Joye Oitker on Aug. 10, 1967, in Quincy. She survives.

Also surviving are four children, Damion, Darren, Stacey and Janelle; two sisters, Clara and Dora Ann; two brothers, George and Kenny; and four grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by one son, Travis; and one brother, Bill.

He was in the United States Army.

He worked for Burlington Northern Railroad in signal maintenance for 32 years.

He was of Baptist faith.

Services were held Monday at Shawgo Memorial Home in Astoria with Pastor Gary Schultz officiating. Burial was in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Colmar.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude’s Midwest Affiliate, 530 NE Glen Oak, Peoria, IL 61637.

Published in the Astoria South Fulton Argus on 7/9/2008