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ONEONTA - Robert S. Smith, 85, of Oneonta, passed away Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018, at A.O. Fox Hospital in Oneonta.
He was born on Jan. 3, 1933, in Cooperstown, the son of Lynn D. and Marian L. (Seegar) Smith.
He married Mildred Barnes on Jan. 5, 1952.
Bob was employed by Family Cleaners for 13 years. He retired as a maintenance supervisor for SUNY Oneonta after 25 years.
He was a loving and caring husband and father. He was a man of few words, but great wisdom and often you could hear him whisper a joke if you were paying close attention.
He always supported his children and stood by their sides through everything. He was always there to turn to, no matter what and everyone who knew him knew he would be there.
He loved and cherished his wife, Mildred, and always put others first. He will be remembered for his gentle and kind nature and will live forever in our hearts.
Bob enjoyed bowling, gardening, camping and playing games with his wife and children. Many fond memories were made during trips to the Catskill Game Farm and Gilbert Lake State Park. He was quite fond of the crows in his back yard and quite often fed them pieces of bread.
He is survived by his wife, Mildred Smith of Oneonta; daughter, Cathy Jo Smith (fiancée, Joe) of Otego, daughter, Joyce Young of Delhi; daughter, Lauralee Perry (John) of Walton; and son, Jim Smith of Endwell; grandchildren, Jeremy Stimpson, Lisa and Tim Corbett, Scott Thomas, Billy and Bobby, Crystal, Michael, John John, Carlenna, Evan, and James; great-grandchildren, Mike and Mackenzie, Izabella, Zackary, Lyric, Landon, Gabriel, Cassandra and Cecillia; great-great-grandson, Jase; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents; in-laws, Leslie and Eva Barnes; all of his siblings; and daughter and son-in-law, Julie and Richard Stimpson.
Friends are invited to greet the family from 4 to 6 p.m., Friday, Jan. 19, at the Bookhout Funeral Home, 357 Main St., Oneonta.
A service to celebrate Bob's life will be held at Word of Faith Family Christian Center in Maryland at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 23, with Pastor Frank McCracken, Jr. officiating.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Bob's memory are asked to be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105, or Boys Town, 14100 Crawford Street, Boys Town, NE 68010.
To light a candle or send online condolences, visit www.bookhoutfuneralhome.com.
Funeral arrangements are by the Bookhout Funeral Home, Oneonta.
Published on January 17, 2018
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