Rick Smedly

Rick Smedly

Sunday, August 4th, 1963 - Friday, March 13th, 2020
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Ricky "Rick" Eugene Smedly 56 of Beardstown, IL passed away on March 13th, 2020 at his home surround by the love of his family.

He was born August 4th, 1963 in Hemet, California the son of Gene Smedly and Marilyn Mick. On August 7, 2017, he married the love of his life, Terri Rutledge at their favorite place, the Full Throttle Saloon in Sturgis, South Dakota.

Rick was proceeded in death by his parents, and sister, Vicky Smedly.

He is survived by his wife, Terri; three stepchildren, Stephen (Betsy) Harnois of Meredosia, IL, Ailenna “Rose" (Gary) Brogdon of Literberry, IL, Matthew (Jenna) Rutledge of Springfield, Il; nine grandchildren, Zoey, Harley, Delaney, Yasmine, Stephen "Stevie", Braedyn, Henry and Liam; step father, Larry Lung of Beardstown, IL; mother-law, Arleen Harnois of Virginia, IL; step sister, Becky Borcher; step brother, Rick Lung of Beardstown, IL; and his beloved cat, Jackyl.

Rick worked alongside his father Gene at "Smedly Painting" for many years, painting and sandblasting until his father later sold the business. Rick turned to the Illinois river and his like of the water for an exciting yet often challenging career on barge. He learned the way of life on the river and worked his way up, serving as the pilot of “Mr. Hampton's” tow boat for over ten years. Rick enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, fishing, and riding motorcycles. Rick especially loved and looked forward to making his yearly trip to Sturgis.

Ricks wishes were for cremation by water, Cremation H20 and services have been provided by Wendy at A Simplified Funeral Solution in Missouri. A private interment is planned for a later date.

Memorials are suggested to the family for a private transplant fund. They can be entrusted to A Simplified Funeral Solution at PO Box 57, Green Castle, MO 63544.

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James Ward

Posted at 03:02pm
Ricky my old friend. I let you down at the end by not calling you or visiting you because I just knew you were going to kick this cancer thing and we would visit in the summer !! I love ya old buddy and enjoyed all the good times we had weather it be the eyeball construction company or frying fish and arguing !! RIP old friend.....

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