Robert (Bob) Smith died in Kansas City, MO from complications of Covid-19 on February 28 at the age of 86. Bob is survived by his wife of 64 years, Loretta, his sister Nancy LaPella in Phoenixville, PA, his children Karen Ladner in Frederick, MD, Randall Smith in Tampa, FL and Charisse Konrady in Riverside, MO, his grandchildren Brittany Smith in Ledgewood, NJ, David Ladner in Hanover, MD, Bryan Smith in Woburn, MA, Kevin Ladner in Baltimore, MD and Dan Smith in Tampa, FL.
Bob served in the US Air Force as a radar technician and then graduated with a forestry degree from Michigan State University. He worked in the US Forest Service in OR, was a sales representative for Ansul Chemical in WI, became a marketing director for Allied Chemical in NY, then owned a forestry supply company, TSI Industries in NJ, sold his company, and ended his varied career selling commercial real estate for Century 21 and then Remax in NJ.
In addition to his family, he loved nature, trees, birds, trains, his cats, and baseball. He was also fascinated by the universe and astronomy and believed that all of mankind was connected to the universe and a greater power. He was a unique, open-minded individual who loved science and dreamed of possibilities not considered by the average person. He was most proud of his baseball/softball accomplishments. He played on several senior traveling softball teams which competed in the senior Olympics winning several medals. Nicknamed E.T. By his teammates, he played shortstop and was often the clean-up hitter. He played lastly with the Kansas City Antiques until age 84.
A private virtual memorial service will be held in March.
Instead of flowers, donations may be sent to The Wounded Warrior Project. The website address is http://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/donate