Robert “Bob” Rolland Smith, 77, of Alton, peacefully went to be with our Heavenly Father at 9:11 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 12, 2015, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis.
He was born in Grayslake, Ill., on July 1, 1937, the son of the late Delbert A. and Mildred C. (Schaefer) Smith.
Bob was the loving husband of Jean R. (Crawford), who he married on Dec. 21, 1957, in Alton at St. Matthew’s Catholic Church. She preceded him in death on Jan. 6, 2008.
Bob was employed with the state of Illinois as a counselor for 30-plus years, retiring in 1992. He was active up until his death, spending time working in his yard, gardening, reading, attending social gatherings and enjoying time with his family and friends, who were numerous. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Alton, where he helped in various capacities, including serving at Mass. He was also active in the SERRA Club and the local Knights of Columbus. Bob helped at St. Francis Convent as a Mass server and a worshipper in the Adoration Chapel. He enjoyed vintage Hollywood films, jazz bands and period music, teaching for SWIC and Lewis and Clark Colleges and, most of all, volunteering for varying Catholic and religious organizations.
He is survived by seven children and their spouses, Dr. Glenn and Dr. Cynthia Ochipa-Smith of Lutz, Fla., Jeanine and Mark Morelli of Brock, Neb., Darren and Janet Smith of Godfrey, Todd Smith of Denver, Colo., Gretchen and Rodney Cook of Godfrey, Allison and Mark Cowgill of Breese, and Peter Smith of St. Louis; 23 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Dr. Dianne Parker of Albuquerque, N.M., and Cynthia and Ron Frick of O’Fallon, Mo.; and several nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015, at Staten-Fine Funeral Home in Alton.
A Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 16, 2015, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Alton.
Burial will be at St. Joseph Cemetery in Alton.
Memorials may be made to St. Francis Convent, Peter’s Pence and/or Mission: American Gratitude.
Online condolences and guestbook may be found at www.staten-fine.com.