Robert Smiley, 86, of 33394 Route 187 Rome, Pa., passed away Monday evening, Sept. 30, 2013 at his home following declining health.
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Robert was born in West Franklin, Pa., on Aug. 20, 1927, a son of Dorsey Smiley and Ethel Irene Carey Smiley. He was a veteran of the Korean War having served as a sergeant in the U.S. Army. In early years, Robert worked as a lineman for the Sardoni Construction Company and was later employed by Stroehmann Bakeries in Sayre for many years until his retirement.
Robert also worked as a self-employed electrician for a number of years. He enjoyed spending time with his family, the outdoors, hunting, fishing, gardening, NASCAR, baseball and 4 wheeling.
He is survived by his wife Johnnie Grace "Ginger" Simmons Smiley; children James Edward Smiley, Cheri Bassett and husband Lynn, Lori Smiley and James Buskirk, Jodi Phelan, Penni Smiley and Dennis Maloney, Bobbi Jo Smiley, Robert C. Smiley, and Amber Smiley; 19 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law Norma Smiley and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his siblings and their spouses; Leon and Margie Smiley, Isodine and Paul Rockwell, Merwin Smiley, Ivan Smiley, Lyndon "Tink" Smiley and Helen Mount, Eugene and Yvonne Smiley, Rodney and Jane Smiley, Doris Smiley, Perley and Frances Smiley, Red and Margaret Smiley and by Frank Smiley in infancy.
The funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013 at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, Pa., with Rev. James Hollister, pastor of the First United Methodist Church, Towanda, officiating. Interment will follow in the Wysox Cemetery, Wysox, Pa. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. The family suggests that contributions may be directed to Hezekiah's Hands, 5 Court St. Towanda, PA 18848 or to Guthrie Hospice, 421 Tomahawk Rd., Towanda, PA 18848 in Robert Smiley's memory. Memories and condolences may be expressed and shared by visiting www.bowenfuneralhomes.com.
Published in Daily Review on Oct. 2, 2013