Richard Carl Smith, Sr.

Richard Carl Smith, Sr., better known as Richard’s Ballast Service to some, went to be with the Lord on

Richard Carl Smith, Sr.

February 6th, 2021 at his home in Phoenix Az where he was surrounded by his family.

Richard was married to his high school sweetheart, Joyleen Smith. He passed away 19 days shy of their 65th Wedding Anniversary. They enjoyed 65 plus years with their dear friends Dean & Gloria Black and Ruby Sand.


They lived their life together raising their children in Ripon for over 35 years. In 1999 they moved to Phoenix Az to be closer to their youngest son.


Before moving, Richard worked for many years at Meyenburgs and then with Simpson Lee Paper Company, along with being a Reserved Officer with the Ripon Police Department. He probably is best known for his longtime business, Richard’s Ballast Service. He spent many years filling those huge tractor tires for many of our local farmers. After retiring from his business, he took on running an Archway cookie route for a few years. There wasn’t anything he couldn’t or wouldn’t do. He was a jack of all trades. He spent a lot of time with his family and friends out on his boat, the Molly Jo, at the lakes and reservoirs. He at one time pulled 8 skiers behind that boat of his. Proud moment for him.


He is survived by his loving wife, Joyleen Smith, his son’s Rick Smith of Oakdale, Don Smith and wife Deanna of Phoenix Arizona, daughter’s Brenda Harmison and husband Rich from Sonora California, and Sandy Smith of Glendale Arizona.


Richard was blessed with 11 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.


There will be a celebration of life for Richard later in the year at The First Baptist Church in Ripon California, where he served as a Deacon for many years. Details to follow.

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