Robert (Bob) G. Smith went to be with the Lord on Monday, September 3, 2018.
He passed away peacefully with his family by his side.
Bob was born in Van Nuys, California on October 2, 1934, to Claude and Lillian Smith. They later moved to Escalon, California, and established a dairy ranch.
Bob graduated from Escalon High School in 1952 and from Modesto Junior College in 1956 with an AA degree in agriculture. He was drafted into the Army in 1957 and stationed at Ft. Carson, Colorado, where he met his wife, Pat. It was pretty much love at first sight, especially for Bob. Upon his discharge in 1959, he returned to California and he and Pat were married on November 21, 1959, establishing a home in Modesto, California, where their daughter, Robyn, was born in 1961.
Bob was employed by Bank of America, starting at J & 15th in Modesto. He was then transferred and promoted to branches in Stockton, Gustine, Manteca, Eureka, and Yuba City, until retiring in 1989 as Asst. Vice President-Operations at the Marysville Branch after 30 years.
Bob loved traveling with their RV all over the western United States and especially every summer to Lake Alpine, California, for the annual family reunion and then in the winter months to Death Valley. Bob and Pat returned to Death Valley every year from 1971 through 2010. Bob will be remembered for his love of family and always being there for them.
Bob is survived by his wife, Pat; his daughter, Robyn and son-in-law, Richard Niles; grandchildren, Matthew Hallmark (Brittney); Whitney Fochs (Trent); Kellye Hallmark; Andrew Hallmark (Sadie), five great grandchildren, his brother, Donald C. Smith (Velma) of Oakdale, Ca., and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents and younger brother, Howard Smith.
The family would also like to thank Sutter Home Hospice for their compassion and support of our family while Bob was under their care.
A Celebration of Life service will be at 11 a.m., Friday, September 28, 2018, at The Bride church, 1321 Peach Tree Lane, Yuba City, California. Pastor Bob Ouzts will officiate. It will be followed with a reception at the church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Sutter Home Hospice or a charity of your choice.
The Oakdale (Calif.) Leader
Sept. 19, 2018