RICHARD DALE SMITH Age 89, of Hemet, CA, passed away on Saturday, January 19, 2019, at Aria Board and Care in Hemet. Dale was born Sunday, June 23, 1929 in Riverside, CA, he was the son of the late Leonard Smith and the late Mabel Smith, and the husband of Nina Jo Cox-Smith, whom he was married to for 55 years before she passed away in February 2010.
He graduated from Poly High School in 1948. He went on to serve as a Sergeant in the Air Force from 1950 to 1953 and was a veteran of the Korean War. After the war, Dale worked as a manager in the manufacturing industry, working at Hunter Douglas/Alcan Aluminum for 30 years. Dale loved camping in the Sierras, fishing and taking drives. He is survived by his daughter Dixie Smith-Packard; sister, Barbara Smith-Specht; grandchildren, Leah Smith- Hayden, Lara Jo Packard-Schriver, Dennis Smith, Jr., Donna Packard-Gambill, Katie Smith-Facchini, Eric Smith, Kevin Smith and 11 great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife, Nina Jo Cox-Smith; children, Dennis Dale Smith, Steven Eugene Smith, and Glenn Drew Smith; parents, Leonard and Mabel Smith; and brother, Russell Smith.