Hood River native Bobby Gene Smith, 81, passed into the Kingdom of Heaven on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015, at home. Bob was born in Hood River on May 28, 1934, to Henry and Grace Smith. He is survived by his sisters Frances and Betty of Hood River; brother Frank of Vancouver, Wash.; his four children: Michael Smith, of The Dallas, Ore., David Smith, of Dallas, Texas, Vicki Kissler Smith, of Seattle, Wash., and Mark Owens, of Tacoma, Wash.; and his twin grandsons, Josh and Tony, of Tacoma.
After graduation, Bob went into Major League Baseball and played for 17 years. From there he went to work for the city of Tacoma, Wash., until his retirement.
He enjoyed playing golf and watching all sports. He loved to travel and took many trips with his constant companion of 12 years, Erlene, who recently preceded him in death. When not traveling, Bob enjoyed gardening and spending time with his many friends and family. Bob had a great sense of humor, a big heart, and was very dedicated to family and friends.
A note from his family: “We were blessed to share his life and love. We love you, Bob, and will miss you always.”
Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson’s Tribute Center (Funerals • Receptions • Cremations), 1401 Belmont Ave., Hood River, OR 97031; 541-386-1000. Please visit andersonstributecenter.com to leave a note of condolence for the family.
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