Monday, March 16, 2015 2:15 pm
Rick D. Smith, 66, of Waukon, died Friday, March 13, 2015, at his home in Waukon. Funeral services are Tuesday, March 17, at 11 a.m., at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Waukon, with Rev. Lynn G. Groe officiating. Burial with military graveside rites is at Oakland Cemetery, Waukon. Friends may call from 9:30 a.m. until time of services Tuesday, at the church. Martin Funeral Home of Waukon is handling arrangements. Honorary casketbearers are Rick’s brothers and sisters, Juan and Ursula Herrero, Bob and Teresa De Coste. Casketbearers are Heath, Ryan, Cameron and Gavin Smith, Travis Nierling, Mike and Loren Mitchell and Jared Donahue.
Roderick Dale Smith was born Aug. 10, 1948, in New Albin, the son of Kenneth William and Lyla Vivian (Solberg) Smith. He was baptized at Trinity Lutheran Church in Spring Grove, Minn., and confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Waukon. Rick graduated from Waukon High School in 1968. He served in the United States Air Force from 1969 until he retired in 1989 as a Tech Sargent. He married Theresa Ryan at Decorah Lutheran Church in Decorah July 20, 1996. He worked at Deco Products in Decorah for many years. Rick was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church. He enjoyed woodworking, working jigsaw puzzles and fishing, and was an avid Green Bay Packers fan and Iowa Hawkeyes fan.
Survivors include his wife, Theresa, of Waukon; a son, Brent, of Waukon; a step-son, Chris Halweg and his wife, Gretchen Feulner of Raleigh, N.C.; two step-grandchildren, Lucian and Julian Halweg; three sisters: Karen (Larry) Donahue of New Albin, Sue Freese of Waukon and Peggy (Jim) Wilson of Prairie du Chien, Wis.; four brothers: Dennis (Cindy) Smith of Marquette, and Randy (Pam) Smith, Fred (Geralyn) Smith, and Greg (Kristie) Smith, all of Waukon.
He is preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Ronald Smith; two sisters, Patty Gilman and Linda Sires; an infant brother; an infant sister; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Edward and Evelyn Ryan; two brothers-in-law, Roger Freese and Kenneth Kamp; and a great nephew, Justin Cahoon.
Online condolences may be left at martinfunerals.com.
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