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Richard Nelson Smith

June 20, 1949 ~ April 16, 2020 (age 70)


Richard Nelson Smith, age 70, of Portland, passed away April 16, 2020. He was born June 20, 1949 in Falmouth, Michigan, the son of George and Elizabeth (Ziederveen) Smith. Richard was a faithful member of Mt. Hope Church in Portland and he also enjoyed golfing and bowling. Most of all, he loved to spend time with his family. Richard retired from Meijer Warehouse after 43 years of service. He is preceded in death by his parents and son, Dale Ryan Hicks. Surviving are his beloved wife of 31 years, Patricia Smith; children, Brian Smith, Frank (Staci) Hicks, Blaine (Sherrie) Hicks, and Pam (Neal) Peterson; grandchildren, Megan Smith, Dominic Smith, Brianna Smith, Mariah Hicks, Deseray Jade White, and Kylee Robinson; great-granddaughter on the way, Rose Jackson; sister, Carole (Phillip) Agema; and brother, Gord (Julie) Smith. Private family services will be held at Mt. Hope Church. Arrangements are entrusted to Lehman Funeral Homes. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Mt. Hope Church in Portland for their building fund in memory of Richard. Online condolences may be made at

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Private Services

Mt. Hope Church
845 Ionia Road
Portland, MI 48875

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