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Richard S. Smith

Richard S. Smith Jr., 77, of Belton, passed away on November 20, 2023. Richard was born on October 11, 1946, in Kansas City, Missouri, to Richard S. Smith Sr. and Mildred M. Smith (Messmer).

Richard S. Smith

He grew up in Martin City and attended Grandview schools, graduating in 1964. Richard played football in high school and has been an avid sports fan all his life. He loved the KC Chiefs and rarely missed watching a Royals game.

In 1975, Richard married Beverly Elliott and they were together for 37 years before her death in 2012.

In 1978, Richard and Bev moved to Stilwell, Kansas, and Richard built their home on the family homestead. In 1980, Richard S Smith III (Richie) was born. The family lived in Stilwell before moving to Belton, Missouri in 2012.

Richard worked in several capacities from Sales Management at Western Auto, Construction Local 264 Laborer’s Union and home remodeling, with his own business, R.S. Construction. After retiring from the construction industry, Richard discovered that he enjoyed retail sales and he opened his own store, R.S. Diecast on Main Street in Belton. He found joy in sharing his love of NASCAR Racing. Having his store also sparked an interest in being more involved in the community and Belton Main Street where served on the board for many years.

After realizing that collectibles were becoming less sought after, he felt it was time to try something new, but staying on Main Street. He had always thought about owning a restaurant where people could enjoy some good seafood. In 2014, he partnered with a good friend and Rich N Art on Main opened. This seemed to be Richard’s new passion and he was extremely happy when son Richie joined him and the restaurant became Rich and Rich’s. It was something he enjoyed until his Mesothelioma diagnosis. As much as he loved being at the restaurant around his customers, it just became too much for him as his health deteriorated.

Richard is survived by his son, Richie Smith of Belton, his nieces, nephews, extended family and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, and his sister, Dixie Goddard.

Richard was known for his giving heart and enjoyed seeing people happy. He will be missed by many.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to Wayside Waifs or the American Cancer Society.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Smith family.


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