Papa Smith age 65 of Forest Lake, after a four year battle with MDS died on November 15, 2014. Bob passed away peacefully at his home Saturday surrounding by those he loved. Bob proudly served his country in the Untied States Army during Vietnam. His true joy was caring for his family. He shared the love of MMA with his children. His grandchildren were the love of his life and made him so happy.
Preceded in death by his father, Wendell; brothers, Denny and Craig; and his father and mother-in-law, Lloyd and Ruby Tabor. Survived by wife, Mary; children, Shanette Smith, Brandon Smith, and Janelle (Paul) Rider; grandchildren, Jacob Kendrick, Aviana Rider and Annabelle Rider; mother, Theresa Smith; siblings, Gary (Nancy) Smith, Pam (Chris) Nordling, and Trisha (Shawn) Chapman; many brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law; nieces, nephews, and other relatives.
A Celebration of Bob's life will be held 6:30 PM Thurs., Nov. 20th at Roberts Family Funeral Home, 555 Centennial Dr. SW, Forest Lake with a visitation beginning at 4 PM. Interment with military honors will be held at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.
Bob served in Vietnam with Company C, 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry, 101st Airborne Division. He served in the 2nd Platoon and was well respected by the men that he served with. As one of the NCO's of the 2nd Platoon, I remember well. Bob was a man that you could count on when things got tough. Currahee Brother, you will be missed among our ranks!!
On behalf of the Forest Lake American Legion Post 225, we give thanks for Robert's military Service to our nation.
I remember uncle Bob shooting hoops with me at mom and dads when I was just learning basketball. He gave some pointers on my jump shot.. He was always willing to talk sports and watch a football game at family events.
We will miss seeing him at the Dojo, it was always fun watching him give the kids a treat after class.
May I offer my sincere condolences. May your hearts find comfort in God's Word where it states: "He will swallow up death forever, and the Lord will wipe the tears from all faces." (Isaiah 25:8) May your loved one awaken to a world where there will be peace, no sickness (Isaiah 33:24), and no more troubles (Revelation 21:4) throughout eternity (Psalm 37:29). May your hearts find comfort and hope in God's Word, family, friends and good memories at this time. My deepest sympathy to you.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to you.
I'm very saddened to hear about the loss of Papa Smith. He was one of the nicest men I have ever met. Rest Peacefully Papa Smith!
Our deepest sympathies go out to the Smith family at this time of great loss.
Bob's legacy will live on in his family and in the hearts of those he touched.
I am truly sorry for the loss of your loved one. May the God of comfort be with you during this difficult time. Rely on God and his promises to sustain you. Isaiah 33:24
Shanette and Family - So sorry to read this. I'll keep you in my thoughts and prayers. Blessings and peace to you all!
Smith family so sorry to hear about your loss.
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