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Richard L. Smothers

July 31, 1934 — December 4, 2022

Mr. Richard L. Smothers, 88, of Springfield, Ill., died December 4, 2022 at Memorial Medical Center, Springfield.

He was born July 31, 1934 the son of Larry and Edith Smothers. He graduated from South Fork High School in 1952 and in 1967 married Joyce Lauwerens, who preceded him in death in 2013.

He was a member of the United Mine Workers and retired from Freeman United. He enjoyed bowling and spending time outdoors and entertained himself with mechanical projects and watching TV Westerns.

He is survived by a brother Gary (Gigi) Smothers of Taylorville, Ill., sisters Fay Hay (Dan) of Chatham, Ill., Beverly Wiggs of Mascoutah, Ill., brother-in-law Jim (Mary Ann) Lauwerens of Chesterfield, Ill., sister-in-law Linda Lauwerens of Dawson, Ill., 12 nieces and nephews and his faithful dog Ralph.

Visitation will be held Friday, December 9, 2022 at Masterson’s Funeral Home in Kincaid, Ill., from 10 to 11:00 A.M. with a short prayer service to follow. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery in Pawnee. Memorials are suggested to the Animal Protective League – 1001 Taintor Rd – Springfield, Ill., 62702. Condolences may also be left at mastersonfh.com

3 Comments

  1. Larry Mense on December 7, 2022 at 12:01 am

    Beverly and Faye and Gary
    I didn’t know Richard that well, but I knew he was a car buff back in the late 1950s. He tried to show me the souped-up engine in his car. He raised the hood and pointed at the engine and said, “What do you think of that?” Not knowing a carburetor from a light bulb. I felt I had to show some interest, and I pointed at a boxlike device with cables running off it. I ask what’s that called? He said, “That’s a battery.” He closed the hood and walked away. I guess I failed to impress him. I wish I could have gotten to know him better. If he was like your father and mother, it would have been an honor to be his friend. I sure miss your mother, and especially your father. We became good friends when they visited my store. You have my heartfelt condolences. Gary, I didn’t know you well, just an occasional glimpse of you at the coal mine. Faye I remember you and Danny well, and of course Beverly, my old classmate. I have an extra special memory of you. I’ m sorry for you all.
    Larry Mense

  2. Josephine Derrick on December 7, 2022 at 9:48 am

    Richard was like a brother to me; as you all were my second family. I loved Rich and in my mind he always remained a boy. He loved life in a wholesome way that seems rare these days. I know he is in heaven. I will miss him and mourn for your loss. God bless you and give you peace.

  3. ROBERT KOVACK on December 8, 2022 at 9:32 pm

    RICHARD AND GARY WERE MY BULPITT BUDDIES WE HAD OUR MOTOR SCOOTERS AND ENJOYED RIDING THEM ALL OVER CHRISTIAN COUNTY. I HAVE MANY FOND MEMORIES GROWING-UP IN BULPITT WITH SUCH GOOD FAMILIES LIKE THE SMOTHER CLAN. RICHARD WAS A GOOD PERSON A ND A SPECIAL FRIEND. MY SYMPATHY TO GARY AND FAMILY MEMBERS. RIP RICHARD AND ENJOY MEETING JOYCE IN HEAVEN.

    YOUR BULPITT BUDDY, BOB KOVACK, WPB, FL.

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