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Robert E. Smith, 94

Robert E. Smith, 94, formerly of Battle Ground and Brookston, passed away at 10:35 a.m. Monday, February 11, 2013, at Green Tree Assisted Living of West Lafayette.

He was born November 19, 1918, in Battle Ground, to the late Erastas Horace and Mary (McLean) Smith. He graduated from Battle Ground High School in 1936.

His marriage was to Jeane Goff on December 16, 1939 in Battle Ground. She preceded him in death on June 29, 1996.

He retired from Duncan Electric of Lafayette in 1983, after working there 47 years. While working there, he spent 10 years in manufacturing, 25 years in purchasing and 12 years in sales, traveling to Missouri, Illinois, Wisconsin and throughout Indiana.

Robert was a member of the Brookston Federated Church, Battle Ground Masonic Lodge 313 F.A.M. where he served as Past Master, Lafayette Elks Club, Duncan 25-Year Club, Duncan Retirement Club, Battle Ground High School Graduation Club and charter member of the Battle Ground Lions Club.

He enjoyed playing the guitar, singing old songs and playing cards.

Surviving are three children; Michael J. Smith (spouse: Donna) of Indianapolis, Roberta "Bobbe" J. Smith (spouse: Carole) of Lombard, Ill., and Sandra J. Smith, of Lafayette; 7 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a son, James T. Smith, and a sister, Honna Mantle.

Masonic Rites will be held at 11 a.m. with visitation to follow until the funeral service at 2 p.m. Thursday, February 14, 2013, at Brookston Federated Church, 202 S. Wood St., Brookston, with the Rev. Ruby Kleymann officiating.

Memorial donations can be made in Robert's name to Brookston Federated Church or St. Elizabeth Hospice.

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Published in the Journal & Courier from Feb. 12 to Feb. 13, 2013
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