Robert R. Smith Sr., 71, passed peacefully into eternal rest on Sunday, May 12, 2013, in Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center.
He was born Dec. 2, 1941, in Glen Lyon, and was a son of the late Maurice Sr. and Freda Johnson Smith.
Through the years, Robert held multiple positions. He served with the U.S. Army
infantry during the Vietnam War
from 1964 to 1966. Along with being a veteran, he was a long-distance truck driver, construction worker and correctional officer from 1981 to 1998, when he retired from the State Correctional Institution in Dallas.
Robert had a true love of music and taught himself how to play the guitar while serving in the Army. He really enjoyed playing for himself and family. He made cassette tapes of himself playing and singing his favorite songs for his kids. His love of music also helped relax him on the long drives he loved to take to ""get away,"" which came from his truck-driving days.
In addition to his parents, Robert was preceded in death by brothers, Buzz and Don; and sisters, Pauline, Jeanette, Joan and Freda.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Lou; children, Patti, Bob Jr., Rick, and Mary Gray and her husband, Daniel; nine grandchildren, whom he adored just as much as his children, Robert III, Lea, Colin, Dillon, Emilee, Deidra, Devina, Kiya and Izzy-Bell; brothers, John and Leonard Smith.
Funeral services will be held Friday at 10 a.m. from the Earl W. Lohman Funeral Home Inc., 14 W. Green St., Nanticoke. Interment with military honors will be in the Slocum Cemetery, Lily Lake Road, Slocum Township. Friends may call Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory can be made to either the