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Richard Smykalski, 79, of Hutchinson

Richard “Ski” Smykalski, 79, of Hutchinson, died Monday, Nov. 28, 2016, in rural Darwin.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Thursday, Dec. 1, at St. Anastasia Catholic Church in Hutchinson with the Rev. Jerry Meidl officiating. Bev Wangerin was the organist, and Bobbi Ludewig was the song leader. Musical selections were “Here I Am, Lord,” “Amazing Grace,” “On Eagle’s Wings,” “Softly and Tenderly, Jesus is Calling” and “How Great Thou Art.”
Casket bearers were members of the Hutchinson Memorial Rifle Squad, which also provided military honors. Interment was in the church cemetery.
Richard “Ski” Paul Smykalski was born Jan. 10, 1937, in Silver Lake, the son of Pete and Celia (Podlaski) Smykalski. He was baptized as an infant, and later confirmed in his faith as a youth, both at St. Adalbert’s Catholic Church in Silver Lake. He received his education at a country school in his home area.
Mr. Smykalski entered active military service in the U.S. Army on June 1, 1960, and served his country during peacetime in Germany. He was honorably discharged on May 15, 1962.
On June 28, 1958, he was united in marriage to Lucille Putney at St. Anastasia Catholic Church in Hutchinson. Their marriage was blessed with a daughter, Karri. The couple resided in Hutchinson, and shared 58 years of marriage.
Mr. Smykalski held employment as a truck driver for Rockite Silo, Hansen Gravel and Schmeling Oil in Hutchinson, and was an independent truck driver and plowed snow.
He attended St. Anastasia Catholic Church in Hutchinson. He was a member of the Hutchinson Memorial Rifle Squad, Hutchinson VFW Post 906 and Hutchinson American Legion Post 96.
He loved animals, especially cats and dogs. He enjoyed yard work and took great pride in maintaining his lawn and working on his Kubota lawn tractor. He cherished the time he spent with his wife and daughter.
He is survived by his wife, Lucille Smykalski of Hutchinson; daughter, Karri Smykalski of Darwin; sisters, Florence Hennessey of Shorewood and Lizy Kosek of Winsted; sister-in-law, Linda Smykalski of Hackensack; and nieces, nephews, many other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Pete and Celia Smykalski; brothers, Lenny Smykalski, Raymond Smykalski and Leroy Smykalski in infancy; sisters, Shirley Sterner and her husband Alfred and Mercedes Smykalski in infancy; brothers-in-law, Delbert Hennessey and Lenny Kosek; and sister-in-law, Marlys Hlavacek.
Arrangements were with the Dobratz-Hantge Chapel in Hutchinson. Online obituaries and guest book are available at www.hantge.com.