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Bobby Lee Smith, 83, died on Tuesday, June 25, 2013, at the Cleveland Clinic.
He was born on Sept. 15, 1929, to parents Alfred Leroy Smith and Mabel Louise (MacDonald) Smith.
He was the fourth of seven children.
He married Thelma Powell on June 7, 1947, in Wabash, where they both grew up, and they recently celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary.
Bob and Thelma had two daughters, Stacie Smith (Gene) Powell of St. Marys and Dr. Pamela K. Smith, Hamilton; Ypsilanti, Mich.
Bob is survived by eight grandchildren, Cliff (Joslyn) Powell, Aaron (Lyndsey) Powell, Kailie Weber, Ross Weber, Travis Powell, TJ Powell, Kiersten Boeckman and Randy Powell; and two great-grandchildren, Jaylen Powell and Emrie Powell; by a sister, Carol (Jerry) Humbert of Troy.
He was preceded in death by three brothers, Kenneth Smith, John Smith and Donald Smith; two sisters, Betty and Joanne.
Bob attended the Celina City Schools prior to leaving to enter the workforce at Mersman Bros., where he worked for 46 years.
He served in World War II in the ETO and was awarded the Purple Heart with the Oak Leaf Cluster after being wounded three times. He was an infantryman with the troops led by General George Patten.
Bob was a long-time member and past governor of Celina Moose Lodge #1473, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Celina Post, and the American Legion Celina Post. He was an avid fisherman and woodworker, and he loved to laugh and to learn.
The viewing will be held from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Cisco Funeral Home, and at 7 p.m. a memorial service will follow.
Veterans services will be Tuesday evening after the service.
Flowers are lovely, but if anyone wishes, donations may be made to Moosehaven, Mooseheart, the Alzheimer’s Association, or to the charity of the donor’s choice.