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Friday, January 10, 2020

Richard “Rick” Smith, 57, of Galeton, PA

Richard “Rick” Smith

Richard “Rick” Smith, 57, of Galeton, PA, passed away Thursday, January 9, 2020 at UPMC Cole Hospital, Coudersport, PA. 

Born November 15, 1962, in Hornell, NY, he was a son of James (Peggy) Smith of Homosassa, FL, who survives, and the late Betty (Hyde) Gross.

Rick was a member of the 1980 graduating class of the Galeton Are High School and earned an Associates Degree in Structural Engineering from PennTech in Williamsport, PA. 

On September 20, 1986 at St. Bibiana’s Catholic Church in Galeton, he married the former Holly Hoza who survives. 

Rick worked as a draftsman for Steel Art in Galeton for many years. He was a member of the Galeton Moose, enjoyed riding bicycle, hunting, fishing and traveling, and was a coach for various sports for both boys and girls. He had a great passion and skill for mentoring young people through athletics. 

Surviving, in addition to his wife, Holly, are two sons, Logan Smith, Charlotte, NC and Mitchell Smith, Galeton; a daughter, Mckenzie (Luke Knapp) Smith, Elkins, WV; two brothers, Larry (Denise) Smith, Galeton and Tracy (Jennifer) Gross, Williamsport, PA; nephews, Brent and Erick Smith, Connor, Spencer, and Preston Gross and Michael and Geoffrey Proctor; a niece, Shaleigh Proctor; a great nephew, Dane Michael; his mother and father-in-law, Mike and Marial Hoza; and a sister-in-law, Michele (Scott) Proctor. 

Family and friends may call at the Hess Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Galeton, on Sunday, January 12, 2020 from 4:00 to 7:00pm and on Monday, January 13, 2020 from 10:00 to 11:00am. A Funeral Service will follow 11:00am with the Rev. Tom Brown officiating. Interment will be made in the West Hill Cemetery, Galeton. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Patterson Cancer Center or Family House Shadyside, 5245 Centre Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15232.

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