In Memory Of
Richard Lafary


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Full Name:
Richard L. Lafary

Date of Birth:
June 26, 1938

Date of Death:
May 7, 2013

May 10, 2013 - 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM - Henry-Lange Memorial Home Cuba

Service Information:
May 11, 2013 - 10:30 AM - Henry-Lange Memorial Home Cuba

Smithfield-  Richard L. Lafary age 74 of 129 N. Main St. passed away at 12:15 AM Tuesday May 7, 2013 at his home.

He was born June 26, 1938 at Knoxville, the son of Raymond S. and Mary A. (Brown) Lafary. He married Charlotte Ford on July 6, 1957 at Smithfield. She survives along with two daughters, Llyssa Lafary of Bartlett, and Susan (Carl Jackson) Lafary of Canton, one grandson Jeff (Tonya Thompson-Davison) Lafary of Smithfield, two great grandchildren Kelsey Pribble, and Kyler Thompson also of Smithfield, one sister Connie (John) Potter of rural Farmington, a sister in law Doris Lafary of Smithfield, a brother in law George Ford of rural Smithfield, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, one son, one brother, and three sisters.

Richard was an engineer for Caterpillar retiring after 40 plus years. He attended Wesley United Methodist Church in Canton, and Brock United Methodist Church in Smithfield. Richard was a former Boy Scout leader, and Sunday school teacher.  He had served on the Smithfield Village Board as President, and as a member of the Fulton County Health Department Board. He also had served the Village of Smithfield as a water operator.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 AM Saturday May 11, 2013 at the Henry-Lange Memorial Home in Cuba with Reverend David Lafary officiating. Burial will be in Baughman Cemetery at rural Smithfield. Visitation will be held from 5-7 PM Friday May 10, 2013 at the memorial home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Wesley United Methodist Church or the Brock United Methodist Church. To view Richard’s Life Tribute Video or to send online condolences visit

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From: Paul GreeneMay 7 2013 6:01PM
I have many fond memories of time spent with Richard and with the family and spending time in the house.  Playing basketball outside and many other memories.  He will be missed.  My blessing for Charlotte, Susan, and Jeff.  Remember the good days, for that is all we have.  May the Lord bless you and keep you.
From: Darin LasswellMay 8 2013 8:33AM
Sorry to hear of uncle Richards passing, my thoughts and prayers are with you.
From: Wayne & Mary Kay AndersonMay 8 2013 9:55AM
We are so very sorry to hear about Dick, Our Deepest of Sympathies to you and the girls,
Praying for peace and comfort for all of you in the days ahead.  May happy memories fill
your heart to get you through the days to come.

                                                         Wayne & Mary Kay
From: joyce ziegenhornMay 8 2013 4:01PM
So sorry for your loss. Didn't know  Mr Lafary real well but he always spoke at the post office or any time .
From: Rita BaughmanMay 8 2013 6:45PM
To the entire family,  The world has lost a great man who had the largest and generous heart!  I am so sorry for your loss.
From: Jennifer MablyMay 8 2013 9:37PM
Mr. Lafary was such a part of Smithfield. He contributed so much to our little community. He will be missed.
From: Greg LarsonMay 8 2013 9:50PM
My sincere sympathy on your loss. I will always cherish my memories of Dick when we worked in the Checking Dept at Caterpillar Mossville. He will be greatly missed.
From: Michelle GrahamMay 8 2013 11:12PM
I went to college with Richards daughter, Susan.  I have known Charlotte and Richard for all these years; but not really known them well.  Several years ago, I went through a rough patch; and they helped me out.  And I MEAN REALLY HELPED ME OUT; they let me rent a room at Golden Acres; which meant trusting my character, and that I would pay them.
  I believe they are some of "the good ones."  I don't know what I would have done without them or Susan! Richard will be missed!  I lost my Dad several years ago, and I loved to follow Richard around; even asking if I could 'help" him.   I am sure I was not much help!  Thanks for sharing your Dad with me, Sue!

Charlotte, Sue, & Carl,  I am so sorry!  My thoughts and prayers are with you! If you need anything, even just a shoulder or an ear, call me, 24/7!  I will see you soon.

Love, Michelle Graham
From: judy dewester an jeffMay 8 2013 11:38PM
So sorry to hear about. Richard he was a real nice guy.I will miss family an I an my friend Jeff send our condolences to the family an our good friend have always been like family too you so much.we will keep you in our prayers.judy.
From: Nancy Kerr WhiteMay 9 2013 12:56PM
Charlotte...I was so sorry to hear of your loss.. My prayers are with you and your family.
From: Max & Lucille (Crick) LatimerMay 10 2013 9:10AM
Angels are always near
To those who are grieving,
To whisper that their loved ones
Are safe in the arms of God.

God Bless you Charlotte and your family.  As St. Augustine said "God loves each of us as if there were only one of us."
From: Harry HodgesMay 10 2013 1:52PM

I will miss Dick very much. We worked together for about 20 years in Mossville, for many years Dick and I were a team. I will allways remember the good times and the tough jobs working with Dick and the times he would stopped by and sit on my pourch just passing the times..
May the good lord give you piece and courage now and in the fiture.
From: Dick & Nancy WilsonMay 10 2013 9:56PM
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Richard Lafary.  Our community will really miss the presence of Richard.  He was one of the good ones always willing to help wherever and whenever he could.  If you ever had a question, problem or needed something, Richard was there for you.  We will miss seeing him around town.  Take care Charlotte.