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Robert A. Smithson

May 20, 1953 — December 22, 2020

Lima, OH

Robert A. Smithson, 67, passed away at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 22, 2020, at his home in Lima with his loving wife at his side.

Robert was born on May 20, 1953, in Houston, Texas, to the late Howard and Beverly (Cloud) Smithson.  He grew up in Bellevue, OH.  On July 6, 1999 he married Garlene L. (Depp) Smithson who survives in Lima.

Robert was a retired Engineer working for Norfolk Southern Railroad and private business owner.  He was a dedicated and former member of Kiwanis Club of Lima, Friends of Johnny Appleseed Park District, Friends of Georgia State Parks, National, Ohio & Georgia Bassmasters.  He attended Heidelberg University in Tiffin, OH, was a singer with Voices of Ohio, in the All-Ohio Youth Choir, in the Lima Symphony Chorus, the Men’s Chorus in Hartwell, GA, and the First Baptist Church choir of Hartwell, GA and Lima, OH.  Robert was also a state representative for the American Numismatic Association and member of CONA.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children: Stephanie Smithson of Lima, OH; Michele (Shannon) Bryant of Weir, TX; Jodi (Mike Delong) Stambaugh of New Haven, IN; Robert (Kendra) Smithson of Monroeville, OH; Jessica (Ken) Butterfield of Ft. Wayne, IN;  Michael (Melissa) Smithson of Lima, OH and Zachary (Yvonne) Smithson of Helena, OH; step-children: Gary Penn, Nancy Calhoun, and Robert (Charlene) Penn all of Columbus, OH; twenty-six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; brother-in-law, Rick Bressler of Sandusky, OH; sister-in-law, Elizabeth Bosecker of Cuyahoga Falls, OH; brother-in-law, Terry (Marlyn) Depp of Denver, NC; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Valerie Bressler; and infant brothers, Ronald and Roger Smithson.

The family will receive friends from 2 – 5 p.m. on Saturday, December 26, 2020 at Chamberlain-Huckeriede Funeral Home.   The Funeral Service will follow at 5 p.m.  Chaplin Herb Wilker will officiate.  Burial will be in Smithson Farm Cemetery, Union, WV.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Pancreatic Cancer Society or donor’s choice.

Arrangements handled by Chamberlain-Huckeriede Funeral Home, Lima.  Condolences may be expressed at www.chamberlainhuckeriede.com .

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Saturday, December 26, 2020

2:00 - 5:00 pm (Eastern time)

Chamberlain-Huckeriede Funeral Home

920 North Cable Road, Lima, OH 45805

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Funeral Service

Saturday, December 26, 2020

Starts at 5:00 pm (Eastern time)

Chamberlain-Huckeriede Funeral Home

920 North Cable Road, Lima, OH 45805

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