Robert C. Smith

Robert C. Smith, 76, of Crawfordsville passed away July 18, 2019, at Franciscan Health in Lafayette. 

He was born Feb. 11, 1943, at Lakeview Hospital in Danville, Illinois, 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, Illinois, by the Rev. 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 marshal in Waveland, served on the Waveland Volunteer Fire Department for 15 years, volunteered on the Civil Defense for 15 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; brother Raymond Joe (Susan) Smith of Evansville; seven grandchildren; 16 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. Machledt & Servies Funeral Home has been entrusted with the funeral arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made in Robert’s memory to the Waveland Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 124, Waveland, IN 47989, Riley Children’s Foundation, 30 S. Meridian St., 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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