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Richard M. Smith
  • In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Seasons Hospice, c/o R.T. Foard & Jones Funeral Home, 122 W. Main Street, Newark, DE 19711.

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“Joy again I am so sorry for your loss of Dick, love you Judy ”
1 of 21 | Posted by: A friend

“Joy...and Family...So Sorry for your loss.Buddy ”
2 of 21 | Posted by: Buddy Conway - Newark, DE

“We met Dick and Joy in Asturias, Spain where we enjoyed each others company and became fast friends. We have had many memorable adventures together-...Read More »
3 of 21 | Posted by: Ginny Versteegen - Mount Pleasant, SC

“Joy, So sorry to hear of your loss. We have been out of the country and were saddened to hear of Dick's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are...Read More »
4 of 21 | Posted by: Ginny Versteegen - Mount Pleasant, SC

“I first met Dick at the wedding of my son Victor to Dick's daughter Christine. He and Joy were such gracious hosts, and welcomed me into their home...Read More »
5 of 21 | Posted by: Mona Peters - Surrey, BC - friend

“Joy, My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your wonderful family. Dick was a very special friend and we enjoyed many trips to Columbus for Ohio...Read More »
6 of 21 | Posted by: Bill Oskin - Johns Creek(Atlanta), GA

“you are all in our thoughts and prayers as we mourn the loss of a special friend and neighbor. sending sympathy and love, Anne & Rick ”
7 of 21 | Posted by: A friend

“I also worked with Dick at Dupont and the Quality Process. He was such an educator and inspiration to us all. So sorry for your loss, my prayers...Read More »
8 of 21 | Posted by: A friend

“I knew Dick at Du Pont...from the old M&L Dept. when we were both involved in "Quality" sessions. He gave willingly of his extensive knowledge and I...Read More »
9 of 21 | Posted by: A friend

“Please know that our thoughts are with you and the family, Joy. ”
10 of 21 | Posted by: Hinda & David Smith - Elkton, MD

“We were so very sorry to read of Dick's passing. He was the BEST boss I ever had (Sandy). Joe and I had a long working relationship with Dick at...Read More »
11 of 21 | Posted by: Sandy & Joe Corrozi - DE

“Joy, David, and Christine, I was so shocked and sad to hear about Dick. Even though we haven't been able to see y'all much in the last few years,...Read More »
12 of 21 | Posted by: tara summersett smith - florence, SC

“Dear Joy, it was very sad news to hear of Dick's unexpected and sudden passing. We want to extend our deepest sympathy to you and your family with...Read More »
13 of 21 | Posted by: Franklin Seimer - circleville, OH

“JOY,SO SORRY TO HEAR OF RICHARDS PASSING. HE WAS A GREAT GUY AND YOU BOTH WERE A WONDERFUL COUPLE.GENE NILAND ”
14 of 21 | Posted by: GENE NILAND - NEWARK, DE

“Joy, my thoughts and prayers will be with you and all your family! ”
15 of 21 | Posted by: Barbara Meggs Williams - Florence, SC

“Joy, Sandra just called and told me of Dick's death. I am so very sorry for your loss. You have my deepest sympathy as I understand your grief. I...Read More »
16 of 21 | Posted by: A friend

“Joy, Sandra just called and told me of Dick's death. I am so very sorry for your loss. You have my deepest sympathy as I understand your grief. I...Read More »
17 of 21 | Posted by: Barbara A. Maffett - Florence, SC

“I never knew Richard personally, but remember seeing him and Joy at the nighttime softball games being played at the field down from Poyner Junior...Read More »
18 of 21 | Posted by: Ray Joye - Greensboro, NC

“Dick was one of a kind who showed compassion, integrity,friendship and loyalty, especially to OSU Sports.He's a hero who will be greatly missed by...Read More »
19 of 21 | Posted by: Gary Dougherty - Glenmoore, Pa.

“We will always remember Dick as one of the most kind hearted people we know. He and his whole family reflected this asset. Dick, we will miss you...Read More »
20 of 21 | Posted by: Faye and Bob Young - Long Neck, DE

“Joy, Sandra just called and told me of Dick's death. I am so very sorry for your loss. You have my deepest sympathy as I understand your grief...Read More »
21 of 21 | Posted by: Barbara Abu-Arab Maffett - SC


Richard M. Smith ("Dick"), the former DuPont employee, golfer, genealogist, father, grandfather, and avid Ohio State Buckeyes fan, died Wednesday, March 13, 2013, in Newark. He was 77.

A descendent of Germans who settled in the Ohio valley in the early 1800's, Dick was born on November 24, 1935 in Columbus, Ohio. He grew up outside Columbus, in the farming community of Pickaway County. Dick was an accomplished athlete at Walnut Township High School, playing both varsity football and basketball. He attended Ohio State University, graduating with a degree in chemical engineering in 1958. Upon graduation, he began working for the DuPont Company, first in St. Louis, Missouri and then Florence, South Carolina. It was in South Carolina that Dick met his wife, Joy Summersett, a Florence native. Dick and Joy were married in 1962. They spent most of their life together in Delaware, although they also lived in Texas for 10 years and Gijon, Asturias, Spain for 2 years.

Dick enjoyed competitive athletics throughout his life. He especially enjoyed tennis and golf. He was a faithful Buckeyes fan, devouring all information about the OSU teams. He often attended home football and basketball games in Columbus, including three football games during the 2012 season. Dick was also an accomplished amateur genealogist who had worked hard to research and fill in gaps on his family origins and history.

Most importantly, Dick was a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather. He was a devoted family person and a great friend to many. He will be sorely missed.

Dick is survived by wife Joy, two children David and Christine, their spouses Ann Marie Root and Victor Wiebe, and seven grandchildren, Brittany, Summersett, Joshua, Cecilia, Matthew, Callan, and Christopher. Services will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, March 18, 2013, at Newark United Methodist Church, 69 E. Main Street, Newark, DE 19711. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Seasons Hospice, c/o R.T. Foard & Jones Funeral Home, 122 W. Main Street, Newark, DE 19711.