PRENTISVALE - Robert F. Smith, 85, of Prentisvale Road, Eldred, passed away Tuesday (Feb. 12, 2013) at UPMC Hamot in Erie following an apparent stroke.
Born Sept. 4, 1927, in Brookville, he was a son of Ralph and Louisa Kunselmen Smith. On Nov. 26, 1949, in Olean, N.Y., he married Nancy Jane Parsons, who survives.
Bob was a graduate of Portville (N.Y.) High School. He had resided in Portville before moving to Prentisvale in 1960.
Mr. Smith was a veteran of World War II
, having served as an electrician on the U.S.S. Whiteside in the Pacific Theater. In 1951, he began to work at Clark Brothers in Olean, where he was employed as a machinist for many years, retiring after 35 years from the then Dresser Industries as foreman in the receiving department.
Bob was a member of the Rixford Evangelical Church, where he was a deacon for many years. He was also a member of the Otto Township Lions Club, where he was a past treasurer.
He enjoyed word puzzles and hunting.
Surviving, in addition to his wife, are two sons, Gregory Smith of Houston, Texas, and Terry Smith of Prentisvale; and one sister, Janet Beck of Weedville.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Katherine Walker.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Rixford Evangelical Church with the Rev. Norm Cox officiating. Burial will be in Lamphier Cemetery, Eldred.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Frame Funeral Home in Eldred.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Rixford Evangelical Church.
Online condolences may be made at www.framefuneralhome.com