He was born in Eureka on May 8, 1927, the son of Harry Leslie and Flossie Faye (Sanger) Smith. He graduated from Dennis High School in 1945.
He served his country in the United States Navy.
He married Ruth Howerton on Aug. 6, 1947, in Manette, Wash. She preceded him in death on Sept. 26, 2003. He married Phyllis Stevenson on Nov. 24, 2004, in Chanute. She preceded him in death on Sept. 3, 2011.
He owned and operated Dick Smith Plumbing.
Mr. Smith was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Chanute for 50 years. He was also a member of the Chanute Area Amateur Radio Club.
Survivors include his children, Connie Clarkson and her husband, John, of Arma, Paul Smith and his wife, Sarah, of Humboldt, Peggy Myers and her husband, Mike, of Chanute; Phyllis’s children, Denise Caughman and her husband, Wayne, Terry Wood, Robin Wood and Mark Wood; grandchildren, Cobey (Tabby) Clarkson, Mitzi (Chris) Tichenor, Leslie (Angie) Smith, Dwight Richard Smith, Jerrad Myers and Sarah Myers (Travis Leach); Phyllis’s granddaughters, Kathy (Eric) Doane and Beth (Michael) Staley; 12 great-grandchildren; and Phyllis’ sister, Karen Gebhart.
He also was preceded in death by his parents.
The service will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at First United Methodist Church in Chanute. Burial will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Penwell-Gabel Johnson Chapel in Chanute.
Memorials in his name may be made to the Dennis United Methodist Church and may be left with the funeral home.
Online condolences may be left with www.PenwellGabelChanute.com.