ROCHELLE – RJ Robert “Bob” “Fisherman” Smith, 78, of Rochelle, passed away Sunday, March 9, 2014, at his home.
Bob was born Feb. 26, 1936, in Wise County, Virginia, to Elmer and Maude (Walker) Smith. Bob married Betty Lea Gregory on Feb. 4, 1955 in Richmond, Ind. They lived in Dayton, Ohio, Ashton, and Rochelle.
Bob worked at Price Brothers Inc. for 30 years as a crane operator. He had a love for fishing, boating, and the outdoors. Bob also loved to spend his time playing cards with his friends and family. Bob was an amazing cook – if he could catch it, he could cook it. Bob was a loving, compassionate, and caring father, grandfather, and father-in-law, and will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
He is survived by his four sons, Gregory A. (Gay) Smith of Dixon, Robert J. Smith Jr. and Mark Smith, both of Rochelle, and Jim (Betsy) Smith of Lindenwood; eight grandchildren, Gregory A. Smith Jr., Gwyn Smith, Bobbie Joe Smith, Asha Doperalski, Brady Smith, Eric Lovelady, Alex Smith, and JJ Slayton; three great-grandchildren, Gregory A. Smith III, Hunter Smith, and Jeremy Smith; one brother, LH (Mary) Smith of West Milton, Ohio; and one daughter-in-law, Denise (Richard) Smith of Rochelle.
He was preceeded in death by his wife, Betty; his parents, Elmer and Maude Smith; his sister, Helen Smith; his brother, Paris Smith; and his sons, Raymond Smith and Richard Smith.
Visitation will be from 5 to 5:50 p.m. Thursday and a memorial service at 6 p.m. Thursday at Rochelle United Methodist Church, 709 Fourth Ave., with the Rev. Cindy Marino, pastor, officiating. A fellowship time will follow the service.
Memorials may be made to the family and sent to Jim and Betsy Smith, 16899 E. Ivy Rd., Lindenwood, IL 61049.
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