Robert “Bob” Earl Smith, 83, of Union, passed away on Wednesday, June 19, 2019 at his residence. A Graveside Service will be held at the Hermiston Cemetery on Friday, June 28, 2019 at 10:00am. Following the graveside service, a reception will be held at the Stanfield Community Center, 225 W Roosevelt, Stanfield, OR.
Bob was born on November 9, 1935 in Hereford, Texas to Claude and Alline Smith. He resided in Dimmitt, TX, Weed, CA, Sutherlin, OR, Twickenham, OR, Stanfield, OR and Union, OR. He attended schools in Weed, CA, Sutherlin, OR and graduated from Mitchell High School in 1955. Robert served our country while in the United States Navy. He married Janice Bain on September 17, 1957 in Pendleton, OR.
Bob was employed with his family logging until November 1959, when he hired on with the Union Pacific Railroad as a Carman Helper. From 1972-1977, he was also a Derrick Operator and then became the Car Foreman in 1977; He was with the railroad for 38 years and retired in 1998. Robert was a volunteer for the Stanfield Volunteer Fire Department from 1964-1977 with nine years of being the Chief. Bob and Jan were snow birds going to Winterhaven, California for 21 years. He was a life member of the Union County Museum, where he was an enthusiastic volunteer, many an idea was realized through his handyman abilities.
Bob is survived by his children, Valerie Stockhoff (Hank) of Union, OR and Robbin Swales of Lodi, CA.; brothers Raymond Smith (Jo) and James Smith both of Pendleton, OR; sister, Nancy Jeanes of Spokane, WA; 8 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren and 16 nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Janice; daughter Carrie Smith; parents, Claude and Alline and Step-mother, Opal Smith.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Union County Museum, 331 S Main Street, Union, OR 97883.