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Robert "Bob" Eugene Smith, Sr.

August 31, 1933 — December 21, 2021

Mechanicsburg

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Robert “Bob” Eugene Smith, Sr.

A Devoted Family Man-

Robert "Bob" Eugene Smith, Sr., age 88, of Mechanicsburg died at home and surrounded by his loving family on Tuesday, December 21, 2021. Bob was born on Thursday, August 31, 1933, in Mechanicsburg to the late Raymond Clarence Smith, Sr. and Margaret Viola (Adams) Smith.  Bob was the widow of Betty “Barby” Jane (Smith) Smith, whom he married on September 29, 1953, and who died on November 19, 2020.  In addition to his parents and wife, Bob is preceded in death by his granddaughter, Jessica Nelson.

Bob’s survivors include his two sons: Robert E. Smith, Jr. and wife, Debi, of Carlisle; William F. Smith and wife, Wendy, of Mechanicsburg; his three daughters: Deborah Rees and husband, Randy, of Cabool, MO; Sharon Nelson and husband, Mark, of Mechanicsburg; Lori Himes of East Berlin; his 17 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren; his brother; and several nieces and nephews.

Bob’s devotion to his wife of 67 years, Betty Barb, continues in heaven now as they celebrate in the arms of Jesus together. Bob’s family was the highlight of his life, enjoying large family gatherings, following their many successes, athletic events, and time hunting and fishing with them. He especially looked forward to his trips with Barby to visit his daughter in Missouri. Holiday meals were some of “Pap’s” favorites, from the preparation, right through to finishing off the last of the grandkids plates.  Bob was a dedicated computer programmer at “IBM” for over 30 years and later in retirement, drove for Freysinger Auto Group. He was a member of the Citizens Fire and Rescue Company where he enjoyed supporting their many meal offerings, pitching in a hand where ever needed. Bob was a member of the Mechanicsburg First Church of God where he also volunteered his culinary talents and expert dish washing skills. Bob faithfully served in the US Army.

All are welcome to join Bob’s family at his viewing on Tuesday, December 28, 2021, from 10:15 a.m. until 11:15 a.m with his service beginning at 11:30 a.m. at Buhrig Funeral Home & Crematory, 37 East Main Street, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055; with Reverend Glen Osborn officiating.  A virtual gathering and service via video chat or telephone will begin at 11:15 a.m.  Burial will follow the service in Mechanicsburg Cemetery, where military honors will be presented by the Cumberland County Honor Guard.  Bob’s family invites everyone to join them for a time of food and fellowship at Buhrig’s Gathering Place (next to the funeral home) immediately following the burial.

Bob’s family has entrusted his care to Buhrig Funeral Home & Crematory in Mechanicsburg, (717) 766-3421.  Read Bob’s full obituary, view his memorial video and portrait, offer condolences and sympathy, share stories and memories, upload photographs and videos, light a candle and sign his official guest book by visiting Buhrig.com

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Virtual Gathering via Video Chat

Family and friends are welcome to join Bob's family via video chat or telephone on Tuesday, December 28, 2021, beginning at approximately 11:15 a.m. Eastern Standard Time.

We use Zoom for internet video chat and telephone conference calling.  There is no charge for you to participate.  Simply click on the link below or dial the telephone number below to be connected to the event.

Join from PC, Mac, iOS or Android: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84654769653? with passcode 3421

Join by telephone:   415-762-9988   or   646-568-7788   and enter meeting number 846 5476 9653 with passcode 3421

By participating in this chat you agree to our “Internet Video Chat & Telephone Chat Policies” which can be found at www.Buhrig.com/Privacy-Policy.

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Service Schedule

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24 Hour Viewing

Tuesday, December 28, 2021

Starts at 10:15 am (Eastern time)

Buhrig Funeral Home & Crematory

37 East Main Street, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055

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Virtual Gathering

Tuesday, December 28, 2021

Starts at 11:15 am (Eastern time)

Buhrig Funeral Home & Crematory

37 East Main Street, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055

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Celebration of Life

Tuesday, December 28, 2021

Starts at 11:30 am (Eastern time)

Buhrig Funeral Home & Crematory

37 East Main Street, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055

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Burial with Committal Service

Tuesday, December 28, 2021

Starts at 1:00 pm (Eastern time)

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Reception

Tuesday, December 28, 2021

1:45 - 3:15 pm (Eastern time)

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