Robert L. Smith

September 08, 1927 ‒ June 03, 2017

Galion, Ohio

Robert Smith was part of the greatest generation because of values, hard work and the importance of family. Robert L. Smith, 89, of Galion passed away Saturday, June 3, 2017 at the home of his daughter, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born September 8, 1927 in Shelby and was the son of the late Russell H. and Mary E. (Lash) Smith.

Robert was a 1945 graduate of Tiro High School and went on to serve his country in the United States Army. He met Rachel Werstler who was attending Wittenberg University and he decided to follow her there and would receive his Bachelor’s degree in Accounting in 1951. Robert worked in the Accounting Department at PPG in Clarksburg, West Virginia, Wichita Falls, Texas and Crestline for over 30 years.

Robert was a member and past treasurer of St. Paul Lutheran Church in North Robinson. He was a former member of the Kiwanis Club of Crestline. Robert knew the importance of fitness, and was an active member of the Galion Community Center for many years. He and Rachel enjoyed western square dancing and were members of the former Bucyrus Buckaroo Club.

Robert is survived by his wife of 68 years Rachel (Werstler) Smith of Galion whom he married on July 3, 1949. He is also survived by his four daughters, Catherine (Kenneth) Eastham of Hundred, West Virginia, Constance (Robert) Satchell of St. Louis, Missouri, Carol (William) Porter of Galion and Cynthia (Gary) Williams of Clarksburg, West Virginia; nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; a cousin Sarah (David) Dowds of Greensboro, North Carolina; three step-grandchildren and eight step- great grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at Richardson Davis Chapel of Snyder Funeral Homes, 218 South Market St., Galion, Ohio 44833 where services will be held at 10:30a.m. Wednesday, June 7 with Pastor Jarrod Schaaf officiating. Graveside services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 7 at St. Jacob’s Cemetery in Canton, Ohio.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church in care of the funeral home.

Richardson Davis Chapel of Snyder Funeral Homes in Galion is honored to serve the family of Robert Smith, and condolences may be made to them at

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  • We are so very saddened by your loss and will continue to keep your family in prayer.

  • I am so sorry to read about Mr. Smith’s death. He was a very nice, quiet man that I saw at the YMCA every morning. Praying for all of you.

  • Our thoughts, prayers and love are with you all. Linda Gill Coleman, Donna Gill Hartley and AJ Gill and families.

  • Bob was a great guy, worked with him at PPG, knew him as a fellow Kiwanian, and as a friend. Did not realize he was in the Galion area, or would have visited him.

  • I just watched the wonderful video of remembrances of Bob and memories of my childhood came flooding back. Memories of visiting “Aunt Mary and Uncle Russell” at their home in Tiro, of the “Little Smith reunion” which was often held at the scout house at Shelby near the park. I still visit Shelby as my sister Eleanor Lillo lives there and being health conscious our selves we often walk over to the park and past the scout house. I believe I have in my recipe file a salad labeled “Aunt Mary’s Salad” How your family has grown! As a youngster still at home I remember receiving at Christmas time the Christmas cards from Bob & Rachel and the 4 C’s and I can still remember their names. I extend my heart felt sympathy to your family. I lost my husband to Alzheimer’s 6 years so I know how difficult the end years can be. He is now among those legions of Smith’s that have gone before him and sweetly remembered by those who loved him and are still living here on earth.