Descendants of Jan Broersen Decker


Richard Landis Smith

Feb 14, 1955 is date given in obituary.

Richard Landis Smith
Richard Landis Smith February 14, 1955 - May 21, 2009 LAKE ANN, MICH. - Memorial Service: 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 27, 2009 at All Care Funeral & Cremation Chapel, 3700 River Rd. N., Suite 10, Keizer, Oregon 97303.

Published in the StatesmanJournal on 5/27/2009

Retrieved May 27, 2009 from

Saturday, May 23, 2009 4:47 PM, PDT
We will be having a small memorial service for Rich on Wednesday, May 27th at 11am. The service will be at All Care Funeral and Creamation in Keizer Oregon. All Care is located at 3700 River Rd N Suite #10 in the Cascade plaza (across the street from Burger King)

There will also be a memorial service for Rich in Midland Michigan in about a month. (More information on this service to come later)

Rich passed away on Ascension Day. This celebrates the day that Christ, in the presence of His apostles, ascended bodily into Heaven. The Ascension occurred 40 days after Easter Sunday. If you would like to, please read Acts 1: 1-11

Thursday, May 21, 2009 8:46 AM, PDT
Dad passed away this morning at 7:34am.

We will have a memorial service in Michigan at a later date.

Hospice Care of the Northwest
Salem, OR

Retrieved May 27, 2009 from

Obituaries - Midland Daily News (June 5 or 6, 2009)

Richard Landis Smith

Forty days after Easter Sunday on May 21, 2009 in Salem, Ore., Richard Landis Smith, 54, ascended into heaven with his family at his bedside.

Rich was born to Freda Martha Landis and James Bert Smith Jr., on Feb 14, 1955 in Albion, Mich. He lived there until moving to Midland, Mich. in 1967. He graduated from Midland High School in 1973 and was an alumnus of Albion College, where he continued his love of sports, particularly football.

On March 6, 1976, he married the love of his life, Peggy Decker. He was blessed with two children, Rachael Mercedes and Jacob Bert; and later with his son-in-law Scot Tencza. But his joy of joys was to be known as Papa to his Stella Rae and Lukas "Luke" Scot Tencza. No man loved his family more.

Although he was employed by Dow Corning Corp., Rich's passion was art. He expressed his individuality and his spirituality through his paintings and his wood relief works. He also lived to fish and be in the great out of doors, above all Lake Michigan. For the past seven years he lived out his dream in a place he called paradise in Lake Ann, Mich. Rich also loved music and traveled with his wife to countless music events.

Rich was a man of deep and abiding faith and those that knew him were forever changed by the depth of his love for the things of God. He also touched many others by the gracious way he lived with Parkinson's disease for over 20 years.

Besides his wife, children, and grandchildren, Rich is survived by his mother and step father, Freda and Clarence Somers; sisters and brothers; Joyce Ryan, Carol and Gary Prentiss, Diane and John Palmer, Sally and Dave Shaffer, Judy and Jim Philbeck, and Donna and Garry Holstein; along with many dear nieces and nephews. There are also many others whom Rich called his brothers and sisters who are written in our hearts. He was predeceased by family, James B. Smith Jr., Shirley and Burton Decker Sr., and Burton Decker Jr.

According to his wishes, cremation has taken place. A resurrection/memorial service was held in Salem, Ore. on May 27th, 2009. A celebration of Rich's life will take place in Midland, Mich. on July 12, 2009 at Whiting Forest at 5 p.m. Donations may be made to Hospice Care of the Northwest (1661 Edgewater St., NW Suite 200, Salem, OR. 97304) or the Grand Traverse Area Young Onset Parkinson's Support Group (10049 E. Grandview Court, Traverse City MI., 49684-5307)