COLRAIN - Robert E. "Bob" Underwood, 88, of Adamsville Road, passed away Friday, April 25, 2014, at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield.
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Born on Nov. 6, 1925 in Colrain, a son of Arthur M. and Ruth E. (Comings) Underwood.
At the age of 18, Bob enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served during WWII. As a Navy Seaman First Class, Bob received the WWII Victory medal, the European-African medal, and the Eastern Asiatic Pacific medal prior to his honorable discharge on May 20, 1946.
Upon returning from the service, he was employed by the former Kendall Mills in Colrain and continued to work there for over 40 years, retiring from American Fiber and Finishing in 1987.
On July 16, 1949,. Bob Charlotte M. Looman and together they celebrated over 58 years of marriage. Charlotte predeceased Bob on Feb. 29, 2008.
Bob enjoyed his community and in his retirement he could often be found having a cup of coffee at S & S Automotive (formerly Stone's Garage) discussing anything and everything with people as they came and went. He could also be found at Ben's Repair Shop doing much of the same.
Survivors include a son, James Underwood and his companion Kathy Thomas of Colrain; a daughter, Glenda Wood of Colrain; a sister, Elizabeth "Betty" Williams of Deerfield; seven grandsons, seven great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
Bob was also predeceased by two brothers, David and Kenneth Underwood, and two sisters, Eudora Upton and Katherine Kemp.
A graveside service will be Saturday, June 21 at 1 p.m. at West Branch Cemetery. The Rev. Robert Szafran, pastor of Colrain Community Church, will officiate. Military Honors will be observed with members of the U.S. Navy Honor Detail in attendance. Following the service, a reception will be held at Colrain Community Church.
In lieu of flowers, it is requested memorial donations be sent to the Colrain Ambulance, Main Road, Colrain, MA 01340 or the
Smith-Kelleher Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To send a message of condolence to the family, please visit: www.smithkelleherfuneralhome.com .
Published in The Recorder on June 19, 2014