Robert Smith, 81

Robert J. "Bob" Smith, 81, rural Wabash, died at 11:41 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 14, at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne.  He was born May 25, 1932 in East Point, Ky. to James W. and Lucinda (Baldridge) Smith.

Bob was a graduate of Concord Township High School, in Hooker, Pa.  He married Easter Holbrook in Paintsville, Ky. on Aug. 7, 1952; she died April 13, 1992.  He was a U.S. Army Veteran, serving in the infantry during the Korean Conflict.  He worked as a tool and die maker at Fisher Body, in Marion, retiring in May 1991, after 33 years. He was a member of the United Auto Workers Local 977 and the Sympathy Club, both of Marion, and the Wabash American Legion Post 15.

He is survived by two sons, Jim Smith and Sam (Stephanie) Smith both of Wabash; special friend, Hope Rider, Wabash; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; and his special cat, Baby.  He was preceded in death by his son Billy Smith, daughter Donna Sue Nickels, two grandchildren, David Nickels and Laura Nickels, five brothers and one sister.

Funeral services will be held at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, 1241 Manchester Avenue, Wabash, on Tuesday, Aug. 20, at 10 a.m, with Pastor Tim Prater officiating. Burial will be in Friends Cemetery, Wabash. Friends may call 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m., Monday, Aug. 19 at the funeral home.

The memorial guest book for Bob may be signed at

Posted on 2013 Aug 19