Obituary: Richard Joseph Smith "Makade-Miigwan"
April 16, 2021
Richard J. Smith “Makade-Miigwan” started his journey into the Spirit World on April 10, 2021. Richie was born on June 27, 1965 in Cloquet, the son of Raymond Smith Sr. and Judith Northrup. He enjoyed following the Pow Wow Trail, visiting with his friends, and cherished the time spent with his family.
Richie enjoyed beading, sewing, cooking, and traveling. He was meticulous with his crafts. Among many other enjoyments, he especially liked helping his family and friends with many tasks. Richie was a 1983 Denfeld High School graduate. He earned his associate of arts degree from Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College and was just a few credits from obtaining his bachelor of science degree from the University of Wisconsin Superior. Richie was a proud member of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa.
Richie was preceded in death by his father, Raymond W. Smith Sr .; brother Raymond W. Smith Jr .; and his nephew Josh Linden.
He is survived by his mother, Judith (Leslie) Graves Northrup; daughter, Deandra; grandson, Connor; siblings Velvet (Ron) Linden, Veronica (Reggie) Smith, Vanessa (Tony) Northrup, Vickie (Roger) Smith Sr., Monica (Aaron) DeCaro, Rachel Smith and Mariah Smith; stepmother, Marcy Smith; stepsisters, Kim (Steven) Enerson, Mary (John) Durfee and Charlotte (Charles) Armajo; stepbrother, Leslie (Brenda) Northrup Jr .; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Visitation: 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. funeral service Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at Nelson Funeral Care in Cloquet. Interment will follow at New Holy Family Cemetery. Masks and social distancing are required. See the family guest book at http://www.nelsonfuneralcare.net.