Ricky Eugene Smedly

August 4, 1963 - March 13, 2020

    Ricky “Rick” Eugene Smedly, 56, of Beardstown passed away March 13 at his home surround by the love of his family.
    He was born Aug. 4, 1963, in Hemet, California, the son of Gene Smedly and Marilyn Mick.  On Aug. 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 preceeded in death by his parents, and sister, Vicky Smedly.
    He is survived by his wife, Terri; three stepchildren, Stephen (Betsy) Harnois of Meredosia, Ailenna “Rose” (Gary) Brogdon of Literberry, Matthew (Jenna) Rutledge of Springfield; nine grandchildren, Zoey, Harley, Delaney, Yasmine, Stephen “Stevie”, Braedyn, Henry and Liam; step-father, Larry Lung of Beardstown; mother-law, Arleen Harnois of Virginia;  step sister, Becky Borcher; step-brother, Rick Lung of Beardstown; 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 10 years. Rick enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, fishing, and riding motorcycles.  Rick especially loved and looked forward to making his yearly trip to Sturgis.
    Rick’s 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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