Robert Harold Smith

November 16, 1931 ‒ June 27, 2020

Mount Gilead, Ohio

Robert Harold Smith went to be with the Lord on June 27, 2020.  He was 88 years old.  Bob was born on November 16, 1931 in Fredericktown, Ohio to William and Doris (Wright) Smith.  He graduated from Johnsville High School in 1949.

Shortly after graduation Bob started working at Ideal Electric in Mansfield, Ohio. He became a talented electrician and engineer working in many capacities at the company.  He served as a “trouble shooter” for the company traveling both nationally and internationally. Bob spent almost 50 years with the company.

Bob used his electrical knowledge and talents in the community working on church projects and helping neighbors.  Bob was an accomplished gardener and was known for his strawberry crops.  He was a very loving father and husband and a man of God.  He served in several leadership positions at Williamsport United Methodist Church to include Sunday School Superintendent, adult Sunday School teacher and Church Trustee.  In recent years Robert worshipped at Pleasant Grove Church of Christ.

In addition to his parents, Robert was preceded in death by his wife of 35 years, Virginia (Griffin) Smith; daughter, Karen Gliem; son-in-law, Joseph Gliem; sister, Maxine Heston and step granddaughter, Sarah Brenneman.

Robert and Virginia raised 4 children outside of Williamsport, Ohio.  His  surviving children: Dr. Jeffrey/Deb Smith of Muncie, Indiana; Vanessa/John Chapman  of Lebanon, Ohio; and Jayson/Shelley Smith of Cardington, Ohio will miss his love and guidance.  “Papa” Smith will be missed by his 12 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren for his sense of humor and his faith in God.

Robert married Beverly (Whitney) Smith on July 27, 1990. He shared almost 30 years with Beverly and her family consisting of Beverly’s children: Jerry/Sharlet Cover, Linda/Keith Landaker, Carol/Ed Sickmiller,  Rita/Steve Brenneman, Diane/Tom Krueger, Jeff/Toni Whitney, Julie/Pat Baker, 18 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren.

Robert is also survived by his brother, Dale/Phyllis Smith and his sister, Ann Foss.

A celebration of his life will be held at Pleasant Grove Church of Christ on Friday, July 3, 2020, at 11 AM, with  Pastor Jack Kegley officiating.  (7197 Co Rd 46, Mt Gilead, OH 43338). A private graveside service will follow in Bryn Zion Cemetery. Messages for the family can be expressed by visiting  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Kindred Hospice in memory of Robert Smith.

  • Dear Smith/Whitney Family:
    Many fond memories we have with the Smith/Whitney families. So sorry for your loss. There were many people waiting to greet Bob at Heavens gates. We are sorry we are unable to be with you at the funeral. We will continue to pray for your families as you adjust to life without Bob.

  • Uncle Bob has always been dear to me. Many memories and such an amazing man. He will be greatly missed.
    Very blessed the times I spent with Uncle Bob and Aunt Ginny.
    Tracy Beran and family

  • Our heartfelt condolences to the family . Bob was a very special brother-in-law, friend and buddy to Joan and me.We spent lot’s of time together both in Ohio and Florida. To my knowledge no one ever spoke anything but positive comments about Bob.He was a real gentleman at all times. He will be missed for his humor as well as his fellowship .
    We grieve his death but look forward to reuniting with him and our Savior Jesus Christ in Heaven !,,

  • Cousin Bob Smith was very special to me for as long as I can remember. I have missed seeing him in the last few years but always enjoyed our times together. He was certainly the leader of the Wright – Smith 1st Cousins. I certainly have always looked up to him and as we have grown older I admired him; even though he would cut me to the quick in his witty way. He was a great husband & father to his family! His children were all very successful in whatever they did. My deepest sympathy to Ann Foss & Dale Smith ! Love and sympathy to his children and their offspring ! I do look forward to seeing him again in our Heavenly Fathers Kingdom of Heaven.

    Sincerely with Love, Carol Wright Hager ~ Lebanon, Ohio { First Cousin}

  • I have great memories of times spent with Bob; from church, to strawberries, to weddings and a plane ride to West Point. I appreciated when he stopped to see Howard while he was sick. You Smith Kids had a really great Dad!!!!!!

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