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Chief Petty Officer Robert Francis Smith passed away peacefully on Saturday December 3rd, 2022. Robert, lovingly known as Daddy, Pop and Grampy was born on January 29th, 1937 in New Castle, PA. He proudly served in The United States Navy for 20 years. 1955-1975 During his time serving our country, Robert worked in the Anti-Submarine Warfare division. He faithfully and honorably retired as a Chief Petty Officer.
He went on to earn an Associate degree of Applied Science in Electrical Engineering Technology graduating Cum Laude class of 1981 from Marion Technical College. His second Associate degree was earned from The Ohio State University, Associate of Arts. Robert returned to college and was chosen for The Ohio State University award Senior Undergraduate Academic Excellence Award. He was given the Babich Writing Award for his writing on Paranoia Schizophrenia. Robert dedicated himself to his studies and also earned a spot on The National Award Dean's List 2004-2005 edition. In 2007, at the age of 70, he earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree, majoring in Psychology with a minor in History, at The Ohio State University again graduating Cum Laude.
Robert is preceded in death by his parents Edward and Delia Smith, 9 siblings and Gladys Smith. He is survived by his five children Debbie (Mike) Halbert, Ruth Smith (Anne), Dan Smith, Kyleen (Jeff) Blubaugh and Bob Smith. His 11 grandchildren: Robert (Megan) Withrow, Nicholas (Rachel) Withrow, Abbi (John) Osborne, Lyndon Reed-Smith, Lia and Stone Smith, Patrick and Elizabeth Blubaugh, Ellie,Wiley, and Sydney Smith as well as 7 great grandchildren.
Robert was a devoted fan and supporter of Pleasant Local School. “Whadda ya say Spartans, it’s Friday night, ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL!”
In addition to being our father, grandfather, great grandfather, Navy Veteran and college graduate, Robert was also an author of the book titled The Silent Service: Linebackers of the Pacific.
The Smith family would like to send a special Thank You and a Bravo Zulu to the entire staff at the Presidential Center of Marion. Your gentle words of support and never ending kindness will never be forgotten.
In lieu of flowers or gifts the family is asking for donations to be made to the Wounded Warrior Project.
Robert’s family will greet family and friends from 10a.m- Noon at Boyd’s Funeral home with a memorial service to follow. The Smiths would like to invite all who can come to A Celebration of Life immediately following at 191 Social. Food and drinks provided.
When: Saturday December 10, 2022 immediately following the service.
Where: 191 SOCIAL
191 Barks Road West Marion, Ohio 43302
PLEASE ENTER THROUGH THE SOUTH ENTRANCE