Bobby E. Smith, 73, of North Ridgeville, passed away Thursday, June 19, 2014 at St. John Medical Center, Westlake, following a short illness. He was born in Stotesbury, West Virginia. He grew up in West Virginia before moving to Lakewood and then to North Ridgeville in 1975.
Mr. Smith served on the USS Hoist in the U.S. Navy from 1959-1963. He was a member of the American Legion in North Ridgeville and the UAW Local 1005. He was employed as a welder at the Chevy Parma Plant for 25 years retiring in 1993.
Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Swancie; son, Jeff (Karlene) of Hillsdale, Michigan; grandchildren, Callene, Allonda and Levi Smith; brother, Roger (Sue) Smith of Nashville; one niece and one nephew; brother-in-law, Andy Katona, Jr. of Princeton, West Virginia; and sister-in-law, Connie (Bernie) Jenkins of Orlando, Florida.
He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Aretta Smith, Jr. and sister, Drema Katona.
The family will receive friends Monday, June 23, 2014 from 1 P.M. until time of services at 2 P.M. at Bogner Family Funeral Home, 36625 Center Ridge Road, North Ridgeville. Reverend Michael Manosky will officiate. Burial will follow in Resthaven Memory Gardens, Avon.
Memorial contributions are suggested to Sugar Ridge Baptist Church, 36600 Sugar Ridge Road, North Ridgeville, OH 44039.