Richard Joseph Smith, age 64, of McHenry, died Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at Centegra Hospital – McHenry.
He was born August 22, 1949 in Chicago to Joseph and Aileen (Halter) Smith.
Formerly of Melrose Park, Richard was a resident of McHenry for the past 14 years. For his entire career of 45 years, he was employed by Navistar in Melrose Park.
A boating enthusiast, Richard also enjoyed fishing in his leisure time. He was passionate in his support of Chicago Cubs baseball. Another pastime was working on projects with his family and friends. He especially loved to tinker with and restore antiques. Above all, throughout his lifetime, he was devoted to his loving family.
Survivors include his wife of eight years, Jean; two children, Rick (Karina) Smith of McHenry and Steven (Victoria) Smith of Huntley; five grandchildren, Amanda, Hayden, Christopher, Andrew, Maddux, with a sixth on the way (Saylor); nine sisters and brothers, Linda (Vic) Benedetti, Barbara (Dave) Lehr, Sherry (Randy) Benedetti, Jimmy (Lori) Smith, Cyndi (Bob) Rynkus, Susie (Frank) Terpening, Jack (Donna) Smith, Joleen (Ron) Ivers, and Mary Ann (Mike) Racanelli; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father in 1993 and his mother in 2005; and a son, Michael, on November 16, 2008.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until 6 p.m Saturday, May 31, 2014, at Justen Funeral Home & Crematory, 3700 W. Charles J. Miller Road, McHenry, IL 60050. Visitation will resume Sunday at the funeral home from 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. funeral service. Interment will follow in Windridge Memorial Park Cemetery, Cary.
For information, please call the funeral home at 815-385-2400, or visit www.justenfh.com, where friends may leave an on-line condolence message for his family.