Delta resident Richard Ivan "Rick" Smith passed away Wednesday, June 6, 2018, at his residence. He was 65 years of age.
A graveside service will be held 11 a.m. Friday, June 15, 2018, at Bethlehem Cemetery in Paonia with Ty Gallenbeck officiating.
Rick was born on Oct. 25, 1952, in Delta, to Ivan Aust and Charlene (Swisher) Smith. He spent his childhood in Delta where he attended school and graduated from Delta High School with the class of 1971. After high school he attended Adams State.
On April 19, 1975, Rick married Susan J. Poulos in Paonia. This union was blessed with two children, Christopher and Meghan.
Rick was a craftsman and an artist. In his free time he enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, as well as reading, and he had a lifelong love of many pets.
Mr. Smith is survived by his loving spouse of 43 years Susan Smith of Delta; son Christopher Smith of Delta; daughter Meghan Gallenbeck (Tyson) of Delta; two brothers Jim Smith of Delta and Norman Smith of Montrose; and three grandchildren, Trevor Smith, Gabriella Gallenbeck and Jessie Gallenbeck.
He was preceded in death by his parents Ivan and Charlene.
There will be a gathering at the house after the service.
Family requests memorial contributions be made in Rick's name to Delta County Library 611 W. 6th Street Delta, CO 81416 or Delta County Humane Society PO Box 1111, Delta, CO 81416.
Arrangements are under the care and direction of Taylor Funeral Service and Crematory.
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