Richard Lee Smith

South Branch, Michigan
September 25, 1945 - January 7, 2019

Service Location

No services at this time

Obituary Notice

Richard Lee Smith, age 73, of South Branch, formerly Waterford, MI. passed away on Monday, January 7, 2019 at his home. He was born on September 25, 1945 in Detroit, MI to Raymond & Maxine (Elliott) Smith. He joined the US Navy on December 27, 1965 and was discharged on December 5, 1968 serving in Viet Nam. He was retired as a truck driver for an oil company. Richard liked to fish, watch sports and tend to his flower gardens at the Jose Lake Resort.

Richard is survived by his partner, Cheryl Miller of South Branch; sons, Jody Baker of Fl and Jason Baker of FL, Chad (Elizabeth) Willis of Mexico, Corey Willis of Ortonville, Curtis Willis of Waterford; 10 grandchildren, including C. J. Willis; and 3 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother David Smith.

Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held at a later date. Online condolences may be made to the family at


Great Lakes National Cemetery


My condolences for your loss. The bible calls death an enemy and when it takes those we love, it truly is.
At Jo 5:28,29 it tells us that God will remember our dead loved ones and will bring them back to life on earth. Ps 37:11,29
Soon God will wipe away all tears of sorrow and death and pain will be gone forever. Rev 21:3,4.
May the God of all comfort be with you. 2 Cor 1:3,4.
— Linda

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