Robert Milton Smith
On Tuesday, August 21, 2012, Robert Milton Smith passed away at Alpine Way Retirement Center. He was 93 years old. Bob was born on July 2, 1919 in Edmonds, WA to Oscar James and Anna (Rodgberg) Smith. He graduated from Irene S. Reed High School in 1937 and married Merle E. Bitney, who preceded him in death. Bob entered the US Army in 1943 and served in India as an engineer until the end of World War II.
Bob was a lifetime resident of Mason County and was employed by logging companies which were working along Hood Canal. Soon he moved to the Rayonier Pulp and Paper mill in Shelton to work as a pipe fitter until his retirement forty years later. In April of 1983 he married Lila Spalding in Shelton, WA at the Faith Lutheran Church. Bob was a lifelong member of the American Legion and served along with his wife Merle, (40 et 8) as president. He also became a lifelong member of the Good Sams Club and along with his brother in law Ray Peterson, led this group on many interesting adventures.
Bob is survived by two sons, Jack who lives in Shelton and Jim who lives in Seattle.
He is preceded in death by sons, Jerry and Kenny; sister, Maxine; brother, Rodney and daughter in law, Mary Kay Burns. There will be a memorial service at Faith Lutheran Church on Saturday, September 8, 2012 at 1:00 pm. Donations can be made to the Faith Lutheran Church Memorial Fund.