Gene Richard Smith, 85 of Madison, died October 5, 2017. He passed peacefully at his home. He was born in Carmel, NY on May 12, 1932 to George and Pearl Ganun Smith. After accepting Jesus Christ as his Savior while a student at Cornell University in New York state, Gene dedicated his life to serving the Lord. Along with his wife, Claire, he served as a missionary in Tunisia, Africa, and worked in Christian children’s home ministries for over 25 years.