OBITUARY

Robert Gene Smith

December 29, 1944May 8, 2018
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Robert Gene Smith, 73, of Fredericksburg passed away on Tuesday, May 8, 2018.

Robert Smith spent 21 years in the United States Marine Corps and retired as Master Gunnery Sergeant (MGySgt) which is the 9th and highest enlisted rank. Upon retiring from the Marine Corps, he was employed by Honeywell Federal System Inc. as a Contract Negotiator selling computer systems, maintenance, and support contracts to the Navy. He also took on the role of an entrepreneur and opened a successful family business, Sport Shack Inc. that was in Stafford County VA for 10 years. This provided him the opportunity to get to know many of the outstanding people that lived and worked in the Fredericksburg and surrounding areas. As an owner of a family business, he was able to enjoy working side by side with his two sons.

He enjoyed bike riding, fishing, boating and target shooting, especially with his children and grandchildren.

He is survived by his two sisters, Sue Watkins and Fran Fox, his wife of 51 years, Sharon Smith, his children, Jason Smith and Brad Smith, and their wives Natasha and Lynn, his nieces and nephews, his grandchildren, and a great grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Hugh and Luella Smith; sister Mary Elliott and brother Allan Smith.

A funeral service will be held at Noon on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at Mullins and Thompson Funeral Service, Fredericksburg. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow at Quantico National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital www.stjude.org

Online condolences may be sent at mullinsthompsonfredericksburg.com

  • FAMILY

  • Sharon Smith, Wife
  • Jason Smith, Son
  • Brad Smith, Son
  • He is also survived by two sisters, Sue Watkins and Fran Fox. Two daughter-in-laws, Natasha and Lynn, his nieces and nephews, his grandchildren, and a great grandchild.

    He was preceded in death by his parents, Hugh and Luella Smith; sister Mary Elliott and brother Allan Smith.

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, May 15, 2018
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, May 15, 2018
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Robert Gene Smith

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Mike Christiason

June 23, 2018

Dear Sharon and family. On behalf of the Cedar Falls High School Class of 1963, we express our sympathy to you and your family on the loss of our fellow classmate and friend, Bob. Bob and you will be in our thoughts and prayers again this evening as we conclude our 55th reunion activities. Blessings and comfort to you all.

Lynn Wagner-Smith

May 9, 2018

It is so hard to choose from the many memories I have, but I have to share the true kindness and care that hid under Bob's tough exterior.
He truly was a teddy bear and would willing give to others if he saw their need. I remember many times eating with Bob and if we were standing in line and someone in front of us didn't have enough to buy their food, he would take care of them.
I hope to pass this memory along to encourage kindness and empathy for those around us and live following the model this great man shared with us.

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