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Robert (Bob) Martin Smith, 96, stepped out of his earthly home to attend to his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Thursday, April 13, at his Williamsport home, surrounded by his immediate family.

Bob is survived by his children, Winnie (Mike) Kremser of Montoursville; Sally (Norm) Beauer, from Ithaca, New York; Jim (Nancy) Smith, from Reading; Eileen (Harry) Petig, of Cary, NC; the grandchildren, Kelly (Matt) Karshner, Erin Kremser, Alyssa, Emma, ​​and Tyler (Chelsea) Pure, Brandon (Jamie Mars’ fiancee), Kyle (Alexis), and Alex Smith; great-grandchildren, Kaden Karshner, Juliette and Lydia Smith; daughter-in-law, Tina Smith; and her sister, Sandra Shoemaker.

He was preceded in death by his wife, 52-year-old Betty Patrick Smith; Son of John Smith. parents, Earl and Mary Lear Smith; stepmother, Ruth Smith; Sisters Elizabeth Smith, Ruth Williard, Rilda Stites, and Martha Houser.

Bob was born at home in Grantham on November 23, 1926. He attended Hershey High School’s vocational program (electrical shop). Three days before turning 18, he dropped out of high school to meet his call to the Merchant Marines, and later completed his GED. This service has taken him to many countries, and various adventures with a beloved memory of transporting hundreds of animals to Heifer International. Subsequently, he served in the United States for several years with the US Army.

His part-time jobs may have made him at Hershey Chocolate during high school “sweet” On Betty Jean Patrick, a Hershey’s employee, whom he met on a blind date. They married on June 1, 1957, and quickly grew to a family of seven. During their 52 years of marriage, they have traveled to Alaska, Hawaii, and other states to fulfill Betty’s dreams of visiting all 50 states. A highlight of a long road trip in 1999 was the renewal of their wedding vows at Little Brown’s Fall Church in Nashua, Iowa.

Bob’s post-military career was in the vending industry. His skills and work ethic led him from humble beginnings as an inexperienced salesman to Operations Manager, and eventually a Part Manager/Owner.

His hobby of carpentry has been lovingly displayed most often to his children and grandchildren, on projects both large and small. Many will remember him as A.J “MacGyver” Kind of a chip – easy to use and able to fix/do almost anything.

When it came time to downsize, Bob and Betty moved into The Williamsport Home apartments, but that certainly didn’t mean inactivity for him! As long as he was physically able, he served many years on several committees (sometimes as chairman), and was active in singing the monthly hymn, ABC Singers, as bingo-caller, pool-player with “the guys,” And other roles in his building.

Additional volunteer activities, as the circle of those who have always loved and respected Bob has grown, have included more than two decades at Providence Divine Hospital, and many years as an intern at a community arts center. He was also an active member, and sometimes club president, of Rotary clubs.

Bob will be remembered as a loyal and devoted husband, a dependable, loving and selfless father, a humble servant, willing to make things better, and an honest man who valued faith, morals, and biblical values.

The Celebration of Life Service will take place at St. John-Newbury United Methodist Church in Williamsport, at 11 a.m. on Saturday, September 2, 2023.

In lieu of flowers, souvenirs can be given to: Heifer International (heifer.org/give/giving-in-honor), St. John-Newberry United Methodist Church (stjnumc.com), 2101 Newberry St, Williamsport, PA 17701), or Trans World Radio/TWR (twr.org/give), P.O. 8700, Cary, NC 27512-8700).