Richard Smetanko

Richard Smetanko Obit

Richard “Rick” Smetanko age 73 of Cleveland, Ohio passed away peacefully surrounded by family and friends on April 25th, 2024.  He is survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Ahsiu (nee Wang); their children, John and Shu-Fen; grandchildren Becky, Sarah, and Josh; brothers Bob and John; sister Janie; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.  Rick was a graduate of West Tech class of 1969, proud Air Force veteran, and lifelong muscle car enthusiast.  He will be missed.

A MEMORIAL SERVICE will be held on Tuesday, April 30, 2024 at 12:30 PM at the Cleveland Baptist Church in Thompson Chapel (4431 Tiedeman Road, Brooklyn OH).  Lunch will be served afterwards in the Fellowship Hall.  In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

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  1. Christine (Tina) Karnavas says:

    Our deepest condolences to the family. Rick was a great neighbor, friend and took my children everywhere!! You will be truly missed Rick. May his memory be eternal!!

  2. Michael Flugge says:

    Thinking of you Rick…we had some good times!

  3. Thomas Kopp says:

    Rick, You were a great friend, I started knowing you in Taiwan, we played softball and bowling. You were with me when I got married, we were shooting fireworks off in the cab. When we got out of the Air Force we lived on the same street. I will miss you my friend

  4. Dwight White says:

    Tank, & Family,
    You were a good SRT Leader, and fellow Sky Cop.
    6214 SPS PACAF
    RIP Defender

  5. Leslie Kolberg says:

    Ricky was one of the nicest people! I only wish I had spent more time with him listening to his stories! He will be greatly missed! God bless him!