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Richard A. Smith

Obituary for Richard A. Smith

July 2, 1924 - July 28, 2020
San Antonio, Texas | Age 96

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Cpt Richard A. Smith, USAAF, our 96-year-old B-17 bombardier/navigator for The Mighty Eighth out of Kimbolton, England during World War II, traded in his Army Air Corp wings for a brand-new pair of everlasting angel wings on 28 July 2020. He flew 35 combat flying missions. During his post military career, he earned a Master's Degree in Aerospace Engineering while working Military projects in California. He enjoyed gourmet cooking; as well as maintaining his champagne, wine and coin collections. Richard was known as (Uncle Richard) to most everyone. He was beloved and adored by his family. The last 7 years Uncle Richard came home to San Antonio and lived with his beloved niece Phyllis; he will be greatly missed. He was dedicated to his religion, family and country.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Dudley S Smith and Florence Hickman Smith; sisters, Bernice Dlugosz and Josephine Dodgen; nephew, Albert Dlugosz; nieces, Paula Sue Dlugosz, Maryanne Grome; nephews, Lewis Dodgen, Philip Dodgen, and John Dodgen. Uncle Richard is survived by his nieces, Phyllis Dodgen Palinkas and husband Jim, Veronica Dodgen, Kathleen Ducharme, Debbie Pettigrew and husband Lee, Doris Dodgen, Marcy Townsend, numerous great nieces and great nephews, and a lifetime of friends.

The family will receive friends for visitation at Porter Loring Mortuary North on Thursday, August 13, 2020 beginning at 6:00 PM.

ROSARY
THURSDAY, AUGUST 13, 2020
7:00 P.M.
PORTER LORING MORTUARY NORTH

FUNERAL MASS
FRIDAY, AUGUST 14, 2020
10:00 A.M.
ST. HELENA CATHOLIC CHURCH

A private ceremony will follow the funeral mass at Holy Cross Cemetery, during which Richard will be laid to rest in the mausoleum near his mother.

In lieu of flowers please consider making memorial contributions to the Honor Flight San Antonio, 14080 Nacogdoches Rd, San Antonio, TX 78247, www.honorflightsanantonio.org .

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San Antonio, TX 78232
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