Richard William Smith
Richard William Smith, 58, aka Jojo, passed away Sept. 21, 2007. He was born March 30, 1949, in Passaic, N.J., to William and Edith Smith. He grew up in La Mesa, Calif., and graduated from Helix High School.He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1968, and was a microwave technician in Vietnam, serving two tours of duty until 1971, when he was honorably discharged. He laid down his life for his country after suffering from cancer due to Agent Orange exposure.He married Dorothy Walden Oct. 21, 1975, in Spring Valley, Calif. Richard and his family moved to Colorado in 1980. He was a dedicated employee of the post office in Glenwood Springs for 23 years. This humble man was an avid student of the Bible and especially loved reading about prophecy. Richard’s courage, honesty and faithfulness enriched his family and all that were near him. He was a dearly beloved husband, father, father-in-law and joyful grandfather. He was a wonderful musician and filled his home with music and laughter. He was a great encouragement through good and bad times because of his trust in God. He will be sorely missed. He is survived by his wife; daughter Trea (Steve) Traver; son Jacob Smith; granddaughter Hannah Traver; grandson Gabriel Traver; father and his wife Shirley; sisters Patsy Adair, Marilyn Albertson and Lorraine Bailey; brother Paul Smith; as well as many nieces and nephews and family by marriage.Richard was preceded in death by his mother in 1998.Richard will be buried at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, at Fort Logan in Denver, with full military honors. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Oct. 1, at New Creation Church in Glenwood Springs. Pastor Mark Bintliff will officiate at both services. An additional memorial service in Kansas will be held in the near future.The family requests memorials be sent to the Richard W. Smith Memorial Fund either to immediate family directly at 1227 Pitkin Ave., Glenwood Springs, CO 81601 or to the bank at Johnson County Credit Union, 101 W. Loula, Olathe, KS 66061.
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