Robert C. Smith

Robert C. Smith, 76, of Crawfordsville, passed away July 18, 2019 at Franciscan Health in Lafayette, IN. He was born on February 11, 1943 at Lakeview Hospital in Danville, IL to the late E. Clair and Lala Loriane (Brimberry) Smith. He married Carol Presslor Coffman, later to marry Cindy Lou (Miles) Smith on July 16, 1984 at Lakeview Hospital Chapel in Danville, IL by Reverend Louis Root. She survives.

After graduating from Linden High school in 1961, he proudly served in the United States Navy from July 19, 1961 to July 18, 1967 were he was an engineer and radar specialist. He then served as a Navy Reserve and in the Indiana National Guard for twelve years. He served in the Bay of Pigs conflict. He also worked for Bell Telephone, IBM, Alcoa CSI and Linden Funeral Home as an embalming apprentice.

He was a member of Covenant Methodist Church in Waveland. He worked as the Town Marshall in Waveland, served on the Waveland Volunteer Fire Department for fifteen years, volunteered on the Civil Defense for fifteen years, a lifetime member of the Waveland American Legion post #0323 and served as an EMT for S&W Ambulance.

His hobbies include Montgomery County Master Gardeners, Lions Club, and HAM Radio General License Amateur Radio with the handle KC9WAW. He greatly enjoyed traveling, camping, and visiting retired war ships and navel museums.

Robert is survived by his wife, Cindy Lou Miles Smith of Crawfordsville; son, Robert C. (Staci) Smith II of Waveland; two step children, Melinda (Terry) Bowling of Darlington and Jamey (Joanna) West of Crawfordsville; a brother, Raymond Joe (Susan) Smith of Evansville, seven grandchildren, sixteen great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents and children, Quentin and Kimberly Smith.

A graveside service will be held at a later date at Old Union Cemetery with Pastor Mike Whitaker officiating. Memorial Contributions may be made in Roberts memory to the Waveland Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 124, Waveland, IN 47989, Riley Children’s Foundation, 30 South Meridian Street Suite 200, Indianapolis, IN 46204-3509 and/or the Animal Welfare League of Montgomery County, 1104 Big 4 Arch Road, Crawfordsville, IN  47933.


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17 thoughts on “Robert C. Smith

  • Mary Lou Rewerts

    It was a privilege to call Bob a friend. Had a good time on a vacation to Hawaii with Bob and Cindy with Bob Jeffers. And the times in Texas. Rest In Peace.. Mary Lou Rewerts

  • Elma Moss

    There are no comforting words at this time, yet “we are so sorry for you loss” expresses empathy from both of us.
    Frank & Elma Moss

  • Carolyn Harrison

    Cindy and family, I am so sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. He was a very special person and one of my favorite people. We had a lot of good times. God bless.
    Sincerely, Carolyn Harrison

  • Sharon Carr

    Cindy: I’m so sorry for your loss.Im glad that I had a chance to talk to you about what he was going through, and had a chance to pray for him! Again I am deeply sorry for you and all his family.

  • Pam Abney

    Cindy, I am so sorry for your loss. I have so many happy memories of Bob and you. Including when I worked at the Journal Review and Bob asked me to run a “happy ad” asking you to marry him. 🙂 Bob was a wonderful man and a better friend. He always brought joy to my heart. I will always cherish my memories. Love to you and the family. -Pam Abney

  • Kathy Whipple

    Cindy and Mindy,
    Ron and I are so sorry for Bob’s passing. We always enjoyed visiting with him at the Master Gardener meetings and other times too. Our thoughts are with you at this time.
    Ron and Kathy Whipple

  • Chris Shelton

    So sorry to hear. I met Bob through ham radio as just became a ham a few years ago. May you rest in peace KC9WAW.
    73 KA9WLU

  • Carol Bennett

    Cindy, I was sorry to learn that Bob had died. I really enjoyed working with him in Master Gardeners when he was President and I was Treasurer.
    Take care of yourself and if you want to talk or do something, give me a call. My number is 765-364-0854. Carol Bennett

  • Bev Surber

    Cindy–I was so sorry to hear about Bob’s passing. I sure gave him a hard time on “black specks” in my audits!! We had many laughs and good times. You are in my prayers.

    Bev Surber

  • Cathy King

    Cindy and Family: My deepest sympathy on Bob’s passing. He was a really nice guy and a good friend. I know that he will be missed by many that knew him. Thoughts and Prayers are with all of you. Sorry that I won’t be able to be at the cemetery due to work. I will be thinking about you. Take care.

  • Diane Allis

    Cindy, My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Bob will be missed. You and Bob were always 2 of my favorite people. Such fond memories from CSI. Take care. Diane Allis