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Robert E. Smith

Published: Monday, March 5, 2012 11:10 a.m. CDT

Mr. Robert E. "Bob" Smith, 91, a longtime Morris resident, passed away peacefully, with his family by his side, on Saturday, March 3, 2012, at Morris Hospital.

Funeral services for Robert E. Smith will be Thursday, March 8, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 516 E. Jackson Street, Morris, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m., with Fr. Ed Howe officiating. Interment will follow in Evergreen Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 7, at Fred C. Dames Funeral Home, 1201 West U.S. 6, at Deerpath Dr., Morris.

He was born Aug. 26, 1920, to the late Florence (Fidey) and John Smith in Joliet, where he was raised, attended grade school and graduated from Joliet Catholic High School.

Mr. Smith is survived by his loving wife of 69 years, Freda (Stine) Smith. He was the beloved father of Gloria (Harlan) Hatton of Morris, Ill., and the late Janice (Perry) Brooks of Bolingbrook, Ill., as well as the devoted grandfather of Tracey (Chris) Dexter of West Lafayette, Ind., Kate (Travis) Thomas of Fort Worth, Texas, and Ed Brooks of Richmond, Calif.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Janice, and his parents.

Bob retired in 1985, after many years as a liquor salesman for Hiram Walker/Canadian Club. He was a lifetime member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, former member of the Loyal Order of the Moose, and also a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.

He was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. He enjoyed bowling, playing golf, and spending time with family and friends. He also enjoyed attending his grandchildren's activities.

Bob's family is most appreciative of Dr. Cesario Cumba and the nurses of Morris Hospital 2-South for their care and support.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in his name to the American Heart Association would be appreciated.

Fred C. Dames Funeral Home, Morris, is in charge of arrangements. For additional information, call the funeral home at (815) 942-5040 or log onto www,

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