Robert E. Smith, June 10, 1926 — Friday, May 18, 2012, of Columbia

Friday, May 18, 2012 | 4:50 p.m. CDT; updated 5:52 p.m. CDT, Friday, May 18, 2012

COLUMBIA — Robert Earl Smith, 85, of Columbia, passed away Friday, May 18, 2012.

Services will be held at 1:30 pm, Tuesday, May 22, 2012, at Parker Funeral Service with Pastor Mark Butrum officiating. Visitation will be from noon to 1:30 Tuesday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery.


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Robert was born June 10, 1926, in Boone County to George Lee and Nannie Roberts Smith. He married Mary Lou Martin on June 29, 1944, and she survives.

Robert served as an MP with the U.S. Army. He worked for the Columbia Fire Department for 30 years, retiring in 1982 as Lieutenant. He was very active in dirt track racing in central Missouri during the 1950s.

Survivors include: his wife, Mary Lou Smith of Columbia; a son, Robert E. Smith Jr. and wife, Shannon, of Columbia; a daughter, Sandra Thornhill and husband, Jerry, of Barrington, Ill., and four grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers and four sisters.

Memorials may be given to Rocky Fork Fellowship, 555 N. Route B, Hallsville, MO 65255.

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