Robert “Red” Smith, Jr., 89, of Winslow, IN, died Sunday, February 02, 2014, at 9:00 p.m. at Memorial Hospital in Jasper, IN.
Robert was born on April 26, 1924, in Winslow, to the late Robert Henry and Camie (Richardson) Smith. He was a member and elder of the Winslow Christian Church, a member of the Winslow American Legion Post #115, Past Worshipful Master of Winslow Masonic Lodge F.&A.M. #460, and Order of Eastern Stars Chapter #391.
A graduate of Winslow High School Class of 1944, he attended Evansville College playing basketball for the Evansville Aces and was an avid IU basketball fan. Serving his country as a Navy Seaman 1st Class during World War II, he was in all the theatres, Pacific and Asiatic on the USS General Mitchell Starr, Knute Rockne, Samuel Moody and Bunker Hill. Medals he received were WWII Victory, American Campaign, American Theatre Ribbon, Asiatic Pacific Campaign, Philippine Liberation, Philippine Independence, Philippine Defense and the Philippine Presidential Unit Citation Badge.
He loved his country and especially the American flag. Smith retired from Sigeco (now Vectren) in 1986 after 29 years of service. He formerly worked at Allison Division in Indianapolis and managed the Winslow Kiwanis Teen Center.
Survivors include his wife, Betty Jane (Dilley) Smith; four daughters, Nila (Maurice) Howard, of Columbus, IN, Brenda Kress and Sylvia Smith, both of Jasper, IN, and Linda (Michael) O’Connell, of Bloomington, IN; nine grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Elwood, Eugene, Hilbert and George Smith; and a sister Regina Resenbeck.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m., Saturday, February 8, 2014 at Winslow Christian Church, with Dr. Robert Asa officiating. Masonic services will be at 7:00 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Visitation will be Friday, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home and Saturday from 10 a.m. until service time at the church. Burial will be at Oak Hill Cemetery in Winslow with military rites conducted by Petersburg VFW Post #3587.
In leiu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the Winslow Christian or the Winslow Alumni Scholarship Fund, C/O Joe Dedman.Robert