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Richard M. Smallwood, Sr.

Obituary for Richard M. Smallwood, Sr.

March 12, 1941 - January 17, 2021
Elyria, Ohio | Age 79

Loving Husband, Father, Grandfather, Veteran


Richard M. Smallwood, Sr., 79, passed away Sunday, January 17, 2021 at his home in Elyria following a lengthy illness. He was born March 12, 1941 in Elyria, Ohio.
Richard was a graduate of Elyria High School, class of 1959 and then furthered his education. During his high school days, he was a High School Golden Glove Boxing champion and a star football player. Richard was a proud veteran serving his country in the United States Air Force from 1961-90. During his 29 years and five months, he served all over the world. He then went on to work at the Ohio Jobs and Family Services as a Veteran Representative from 1994 -2005. Richard was a current member of the Glorious Apostolic Church in Elyria and served in the Masonic Order. He enjoyed bowling, cooking, and gardening.
Mr. Smallwood is survived by his wife, Marian (nee Harding); daughter, Carol L. Smallwood of Elyria and son, Richard M. Smallwood, Jr. (Diana) of Waldorf, Maryland; grandchildren, Richard III and Logan Thomas Smallwood; sisters, Lucy Smallwood of Elyria and Delores Smith of Elyria, uncle of many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Faith Smallwood; brothers, Robert and Herbert Smallwood; half-brother, Carlton Glass.
Friends may visit from 11am – 1pm Friday, January 22, 2021 at the Busch Funeral Home, 114 Second Street, Elyria. A service will begin at 1pm at the funeral home. Reverend Doris E. Williams of Original Glorious Apostolic Church will officiate. Interment will follow at Brookdale Cemetery with military honors.
Memorial contributions can be forwarded to Second Harvest Food Bank, 5510 Baumhart Road, Lorain, Ohio 44053.

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