Robert J. Smith Robert J. Smith passed away on May 25, 2013 at the age of 89. Bob was born on May 9, 1924 in Redlands, CA and was the youngest of five children born to Robert J. and Dora Smith. Bob spent much of his early life helping out with the family farm. Not long after graduating from High School he joined the Army. He began basic training at Camp Shelby, Mississippi in February of 1943. After training at various locations, Bob left to join the World War II efforts in Europe. He had many memorable stories from this time. Bob fought in the Battle of the Bulge under very difficult conditions. The 9th Armored Division that he was attached to captured the 1st Bridgehead across the Rhine River for which they received their 2nd Presidential Unit Citation. After being honorably discharged from the Army, he returned home to southern California. In 1947 he moved to Fortuna, California where he resided for the rest of his life. Bob married Zada (Schumer) in 1953. They were married for 59 years. Bob spent most of his working career as a train conductor for the Pacific Lumber Company. He retired in 1986 after 38 years of service. Bob is survived by his wife Zada and his children Suzi (Arie) Franken of Elfin Forest, CA, Steve Smith of Fortuna, and Harley (Kris) Smith of Hawkins Bar. He is also survived by his grandchildren Sander Franken and Lisa Franken and numerous nieces and nephews. The family would like to extend their appreciation to the caring and compassionate staff at St. Joseph's hospital (MS-2) for his care in his final days. Arrangements are under the care of Goble's Fortuna Mortuary, Fortuna, California. Please sign the guestbook at www.times-standard.com, click on obits.
Published in Eureka Times-Standard from June 1 to June 2, 2013