Richard Marcel Smith, 77, of Bridge Street, Johnsonburg, died suddenly at home Friday, May 24, 2013.
He was born on December 30, 1935 in Kane, the son of Dewey Marcel and Linda Wilhelmina (Anderson) Smith.
On June 14, 1958, he married Gwendolyn Preston Smith, who preceded him in death on March 28, 2010.
A Johnsonburg resident, he graduated from Wilcox Area High School and Penn State University, with both a Bachelor of Science and a Master’s Degree. He was active in many organizations in the community. He was most known for his work with the Johnsonburg Public Library, where he has been Board President for many years. An avid genealogist, he was the founder and first president of the Elk County Genealogy Society and the American Swedish Historical Museum's Genealogy Club. He was also an officer of the Elk County Community Foundation and several Johnsonburg-based associations.
He was a dedicated teacher and his proudest professional accomplishment was serving as Program Leader and Professor of Business Administration at the Penn State University, DuBois Campus.
He is survived by a daughter, Adrienne Danielle Jonsson; a son-in-law, Lars Ruben Lennartsson Jonsson, and two beloved grandchildren, Renee Christina Karolin Smith Jonsson and Ronan Alexander Daniel Smith Jonsson, all of of Kennett Square; as well as his sister Phyllis (Harold) Hagman of Kane; and several nieces and nephews.
Besides his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, James Nevin Smith; and a sister, Eileen Beverly Rhoads.
Funeral Services for Richard Marcel Smith will be at the Ubel Funeral Home on Thursday, May 30, at 11 a.m., with Pastor Stephen Fair officiating.
Interment will be in Laurel Hill Cemetery.
Visitation will be held at the Ubel Funeral Home on Tuesday from 7-9 p.m., Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m., and Thursday from 10-11 a.m.
Smith asked that any donations be made to the Johnsonburg Public Library.