Richard De Smet


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Posted Online: Nov. 14, 2012, 5:36 pm
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Funeral services for Richard Lee "Dick" De Smet, 78, of Moline, will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Van Hoe Funeral Home, East Moline. Burial will be at Greenview Memorial Gardens, East Moline. Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Mr. DeSmet died on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012, at Illini Restorative Care Center, Silvis. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Dick was born on Dec. 22, 1933, in Rock Island, the son of Frank and Mary Maddlen De Smet. He served in the U.S. Army Airborne, where he was sationed in Germany. He married Betty Stottlemyre-Larson on Jan. 22, 1960, Rock Island.
He worked for the Rock Island Lines and retired from International Harvester, East Moline in 1991. Richard enjoyed bowling and traveling with his wife to national and international tournements. He also enjoyed golfing in the John Deere League with his buddies, Ken, Gene, Ray and Jim.
Survivors include, his wife of 52 years, Betty De Smet, Moline; son, Gary Larson, East Moline; granddaughters, Kelli (Richard) Jenkins, Erie, and Renae (Jay) Scherschel, Hampton; six great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; brothers, Robert De Smet, East Moline, and Ronald (Theresa) De Smet, East Moline; half-sister, Nancy (Hershel) Scott, Wisconsin; half-brothers, Paul (Marcia) De Smet and Gary (Amy) De Smet, both of Indiana. He was preceded in death by his parents; and his sister, Joyce De Smet.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.vanhoe.com.












 



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