Robert Eugene “Bob” Smith, 72, Russiaville, passed away at 5:45 pm Friday, October 4, 2019, at his home surrounded by his family and special friend Bret Schreckenghaust. He was born October 29, 1946, in Russiaville, the son of the late Everett L. & Gracie E. (Norton) Smith. On November 8, 1968, he married Deborah J. Davis who survives.
Bob was a 1964 graduate of Western High School. He served with the United States Army as a PFC, during the Vietnam War, where he earned the Purple Heart. Bob retired in 1994 from Chrysler Corp after 30 years of service as a machine operator and job setter. He was a lifelong resident of Russiaville and a member of Faith Church of Christ in Burlington, and UAW Local #685. Bob enjoyed hunting, and fishing especially in Canada.
Along with his wife Deborah, Bob is survived by his daughters, Holly (Jade) Pasquale, and Connie (David) Jackson; grandchildren, Nolan Johnson, Jonah Johnson, Derrick Pasquale, Abigail Pasquale, Justin Bargerhuff, Josh Bargerhuff, Kelsey Jackson, Alex Jackson, Damian Johnson, and Jesse Johnson; and siblings, Lee E. (Val) Smith, Carl E. (Marti) Smith, and Rebecca S. (Tom) Masters; sisters-in-law, Donna Smith; special friend Glenn Fisher; and his dog Lucy.
The family would like to thank St. Vincent Home Health nurse Jenny Reed for making Dads visits something he looked forward to.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Michelle Johnson; grandsons, Mason Pasquale, and Nevan Johnson; and siblings, Betty Shepherd, and Howard Smith.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 pm Wednesday, October 9, 2019, at Stout & Son Funeral Home, 200 East Main Street, Russiaville, with Pastor Michael Rogers officiating. Burial will follow in Russiaville Cemetery with military honors provided by the United States Army and the Kokomo VFW Military Rites Team. Friends are invited to visit with the family from 4-8 pm Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made in Bob’s memory to Donald Trump’s 2020 Campaign, Donald J. Trump President, Inc., C/O Trump Tower, 725 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10022. Messages of condolence may be left online at www.stoutandson.com.
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