Robert Eugene “Bob” Smith, 75, of Palmer, passed away on February 15, 2014 at 1:25 p.m. at Taylorville Memorial Hospital Taylorville, IL. He was born on August 8, 1938 in Palmer, IL; the son Lloyd and Bernadine (Durbin) Smith. He married Marcia “Lou” Ballard at the Free Methodist Church in Taylorville, IL on December 6, 1958. He retired from the Palmer Elevator after 44 yrs. of service. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Morrisonville. Bob served his country in the United States Army during the Berlin Crisis where he spent 19 months of the crisis in Germany. He enjoyed hunting, fishing mowing, cooking and working in the garden. He loved being outdoors and going to church on Sunday. He also enjoyed watching the Illini and the St. Louis Cardinals.
He is survived by his wife, Marcia “Lou” Smith of Palmer, IL. Although he and Lou had no children of their own, he had a hand in raising many. Grandchildren: Seth, Gabby and Sophia Foster of Palmer, IL; brother, Vernon (Sherrie) Smith of Pana, IL; sisters: Delores Sledge of Wonder Lake, IL, Theresa Hughes, Cinda Don) Hayes , Sharon (Ben) Skinner all of Palmer, IL, Karen (Roger) Dorr of Owaneco, IL, Kay Brewer and Mary Ann (Ken) Buchanan both of Taylorville, IL, and Billene (Danny) Lynch of FL; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins; mother-in-law, Virginia Dowdy of Taylorville, IL; sisters-in-law: Barbara Stafford of Eureka, IL, Marlene Dunn of Blue Mound, IL, Patricia Huddleston of Palmer, IL and Marie Crowder of Taylorville, IL; brother-in-law, David (Marcella) Ballard of Tovey, IL. He was preceded in passing by his parents, brothers: Richard and Ronald; niece, Laura “Missy” Huddleston.
Visitation will be on Thursday, February 20, 2014 from 9:00 until 11:00 a.m. at Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville. Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. at Sutton Memorial Home. Pastor Chad Foster will officiate the services. Burial will be at Anderson Cemetery in Palmer, IL with Military Honors by Morrisonville Leslie Reddick American Legion Post #721
Arrangements by Sutton Memorial Home, Taylorville, IL.
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