Dr. Richard  Smith
Dr. Richard "Rick" D. Smith, 67, passed away Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019, at his home in Marion. Rick was born Oct. 30, 1951, to the late Dwight and Margaret Smith.
He graduated from Washington High School in 1970 and then went to college to pursue degrees in x-ray technology, nuclear medicine, and eventually graduated from IU School of Optometry in 1988 as an optometrist. He also earned his pilot's license in 1982. He enjoyed skydiving and said that skydiving was less scary than earning his pilot's license, as he had to fly three individual legs completely solo before he finally was licensed. His fondest memory of high school sports was when he scored over 40 points in one basketball game. He enjoyed writing and authored many inspirational books. He was a member of St. Paul Catholic Church and was comforted by his Catholic faith.
Rick is survived by his friend, Carolyn Smith; sister Janis (Scott) Brown; and nephew Josh Finatri. He is preceded in death by his parents.
In accordance with Rick's wishes, he will be cremated and his ashes will be buried in Washington, Indiana, where he was born and raised. His final resting place will be Sugarland Memory Gardens. There will be a memorial mass on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Paul Catholic Church, with Rev. Christopher Roberts officiating. Arrangements were entrusted to the College Park Chapel of Armes-Hunt Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 4601 South Western Avenue, Marion, Indiana 46953.
Online memories and condolences may be shared at www.armeshuntfuneralhome.com.
Published on October 21, 2019


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Janis Brown
Oct 22, 2019
He was my favorite brother. He always tried his best and he did it well. He made a lot of friends, led a simple life, and traveled far. When he traveled to Europe he bought a translation book and ventured out among the unknown. His first night in a hostile he asked several people where he could shower. They pointed to a faucet about 12 inches from the floor. He stopped down and tried to rinse off. Later he was glad he didn’t take a lot of clothes off because the water was for rinsing your feet off! He laughed as he told that story. I really miss him.