Richard "Rick" D. Smith
April 2, 1957 - June 1, 2024

Richard "Rick" D. Smith

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Richard ''Rick'' D. Smith, age 67, of Greeley, CO.
passed away on Saturday, June 1st, 2024 at UNMC due to a motorcycle accident.

Rick was born April 2nd, 1957, to Robert and Janice (Hoops) Smith in Fremont, NE. Rick moved to Colorado in 1982 to raise his family and found his calling in caring for others. He initially worked as a CNA at a nursing home before transitioning to an animal control officer in Fort Collins, CO, and eventually returning to his CNA work as a home health aide.

Rick had a passion for motorcycles and was a member of the Sober Souls Motorcycle Club for many years. His love for life and dedication to his family and friends were evident in all he did.

He is survived by his father, Robert ''Bob'' Smith, in North Carolina; his four daughters, Autumn Smith, Jessica and husband Daniel Herrera, Robbie Smith, and Rikki Wurm; and his grandchildren, Nova, Zoe, Elena, Kaleb, Orion, Bella, and Mica. Rick also leaves behind his siblings, Mike and wife Teresa Smith, Lisa and husband Joe Bussen, and Loree and husband Steve Tancona; his nieces and nephews, Patrick and Erin Bussen, Tristin and Addison Bussen, Andy and Kassie Bussen, Kristopher Bussen, Robbie and Holly Bussen, Landyn and Jaylie Bussen, Gabriella and Sebastian Lothamer, Steven Tancona, and Leihla Wachlin; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

Rick was preceded in death by his mother, Janice (Hoops) Smith; his sister, Bobette Lucey; his best friend, Robbie Johnson; and his beloved dog, Swirl.

There will be a celebration of life at a later date in Colorado. Updates with details on the celebration of life will be provided through his family's support page. You can find the link here: [[]Support Page]

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  1. Betty Mitteis
    Rest in Peace Rick
    It was a long time ago but I still remember back in the seventies when you and your friends would come to the house and hang out with my older siblings. I was younger than all of you but you never minded this little kid hanging with you. A little kid hanging out with the older kids was pretty cool to me and I wasn't even teased much. Thanks for the memories.
    My condolences to the family.
    Betty Mitteis
  2. rick goebel
    Prayers & thoughts go out to the family & friends. So sorry for your loss. R.I.P. my friend.
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