Richard K. Smith Sr., 83, of Savanna, died Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013, at The Alverno in Clinton, Iowa.
Richard K. Smith Sr.
Richard was born Oct. 27, 1929, in Rockford, the son of Harold Anderson and Alyce L. (Johnston) Anderson. Harold passed away and Alyce later married Lawrence Smith Sr. who adopted Richard.
Richard attended and graduated from Savanna High School and completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana in 1956. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with his law degree.
Richard began practicing law with his father, Lawrence Sr., and his brother, Lawrence Jr., in Savanna in the mid 1960s. He later co-founded Smith Law Office in Savanna in 1975 and practiced law in northwest Illinois until his retirement in 2011. During his career he was the village and town attorney for many years for several towns in the area including Elizabeth, Savanna and Shannon.
Richard belonged to and enjoyed participating with the Savanna Rotary.
He also loved spending his time watching trains, studying history and war and spending time on his farm. Most of all, Richard cherished the time he spent with his family and his friends.
Richard will be dearly missed by four children, Richard K. Smith Jr., David A. (Wendy) Smith, William H. Smith and Alyce A. Smith; a grandson, Garrett K. Smith; and his brother, Lawrence (Donna) Smith.
Richard was preceded in death by his parents.
Memorials may be given to the Savanna Rotary in Richard’s memory.