Robert M. Smith Sr.
Robert M. Smith Sr. (Bob), Depauw, Ind., passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020, in Lewiston, Maine.
He was born on May 12, 1934, in Depauw, to the late Robert E. and Minnie J. Lofton Smith.
He graduated from New Salisbury High School in 1952. In 1954, he enlisted in the United States Navy and was trained as a photographer. His tours of duty included the USS McKinley; Brunswick NAS, Maine; the USS Ticonderoga (CV-14) – three combat tours in the Gulf of Tonkin supporting air operations against North Vietnam; and Pensacola NAS, Florida.
Prior to his deployment, Bob was the official photographer for the Freeport (Maine) Fire Department. He returned to this position in 1973 and served in this position through the 1990s.
After retiring from the Navy in 1973, he moved to southern Maine, where he worked in the shoe manufacturing industry and as a security guard. His special interests included being a Boy Scout Leader, both voluntary and professionally, and wood working, where he built items for sale at local craft fairs.
Bob enjoyed traveling and camping with his family. Trips included Yellow Stone National Park; Sequoia/Kings Canyon National Park; the Grand Canyon, Meteor Crater and Painted Desert, Arizona; NASA Headquarters in Houston, Texas; New Orleans; Smoky Mountain National Park in North Carolina; and Key West, Fla. He always kept Indiana close to his heart, returning home to visit the farm where he was raised as often as he could. He will always be remembered as the brother/uncle who brought Maine to Indiana.
He is survived by his wife, Luci Aubre Smith of Lewiston, Maine; sister, Joyce Hood (Earl) of Corydon, Ind.; brother, Phil (Carletta) of Depauw; sister, Phyllis Collar of Mulberry, Fla.; one daughter, Sondra A., and husband, Quincy Herling, of Durham, Maine; two sons, Robert M. Smith Jr., and wife, Patricia, of Durham, Maine, and Raymond E. Smith, and wife, Linda Morin, of Durham, Maine; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and seven nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021, at 10 a.m. at Mount Tabor Church of Christ Cemetery in Depauw.
Swarens Funeral Home in Ramsey, Ind., is in charge of local arrangements.