Robert B. Smith, born Feb. 16, 1926, in Columbus, Ohio, to R. Bruce and Lucille B. Smith, passed away July 27, 2014, from complications caused by Alzheimers. He is preceded in death by his parents, grandson Kevin M. Bryan, and many other friends and relatives.
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Carolyn C. Smith, his wife of 66 years, lives in Tucson with their daughter Christine and her husband Warren.
Bob grew up in Ohio and received his engineering degree from Ohio State University, and his MBA from Pepperdine University. He was a World War II veteran, having served in the Army in Germany, ending his service there as an MP at the VII headquarters of Gen. Collins.
After his honorable discharge, he married his childhood sweetheart, Carolyn Christensen. During their marriage they had three children: Christine (Warren) Rogers of Tucson; Kathryn (Ernest) Schwendemann of Henderson, Nev., and Steven (Meg) Smith of Melbourne, Fla. They have seven grandchildren (Derek and Mitzi (Brian Boughner) Schwendemann; Kevin (deceased 1995), Doug and Sarah Bryan, and Sean and Tyler Smith) and 3 great-grandchildren (Nikalai Bryan, Corey and Morgan Boughner).
Bob's engineering career took him from Galion, Ohio, to St. Louis, Mo., and then to California as president of SABCO. From there, Bob and Carolyn moved to Denver, Colo., living there for 15 years. They then retired and moved to Green Valley, Ariz. (25 years), where he could pursue his love of golf, tennis and woodworking.
Bob was always involved in community projects. He was a councilman, health commissioner, planning commission member, and founder of the Trouble Clinic (a diverse place to help those in need in Galion). He was also very active with the Habitat for Humanity group in Tucson and in the antique car club called "Car Nuts." He served as a deacon/elder in their local church in Denver and as a past president of the Country Club of Green Valley.
He was devoted to his family, enjoyed life to its fullest and worked hard to attain his goals. We will miss him greatly but know that he is in a better place in the arms of Jesus.
Memorial services will be held Aug. 16 at Tucson Mountain Baptist Church, 5757 W. Ajo Way (approximately 1 mile west of Kinney Road on the south side) with services starting at 1 p.m.
Published in Green Valley News & Sun on Aug. 6, 2014