2018-06-07 / Obituaries

Richard Smith

March 28, 2018


Richard Smith Richard Smith Richard Bryant Smith, 73, of State College, died on Wednesday, March 28, 2018, at home.

Born Jan. 31, 1945, in Scranton, he was the son of the lat eRichardL. Smith and Marion B. Smith. On June 13, 1981, he married Virginia

Carol Wolfe.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Jennifer Rauch and her husband,

Kent of State College and Marion Kilker and her husband, Jonathan of York; two grandsons,

Hunter and Sebastian Rauch; a sister, Suzanne Karg and her husband, James of Springville and many nieces and nephews.

Richard grew up on Smitholm Farm in Springville, well- known for registered Holsteins.

He graduated from Elk Lake High School in 1963. After high school, he received his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland, his Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Penn State University and was a licensed Professional Engineer.

He was a member of the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society and was a 50- year Mason.

He worked for Penn State in the Applied Research Laboratory, primarily in the area of underwater propulsion, and retired in 1999 after 32 years of service.

Richard stayed active in the operation of the family farm throughout his life and amassed an extensive collection of International

Harvester tractors and farm equipment, as well as a classic Mustang Mach I and other vehicles. He was an avid NASCAR fan.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, June 16, 2018 from 1 to 4 p. m. at the Springville

Volunteer Fire Company, Springville, PA.

In lieu of flowers, friends are asked to make a contribution to the “Marion B. Smith Trustee Scholarship,” 11 Old Main, University

Park, PA 16802 or a charity of their choice.

Online condolences may be entered at www.kochfuneralhome.com.

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