March 14, 1925 - August 4, 2021
Robert A. Smiley, died on August 4, 2021, age 96, a very fortunate man. Not only did he die at an old age, but he had a clear memory of all the good things that happened to him in his life. His childhood was spent in a small town in Ohio where prejudice was unknown, something that stayed with him the rest of his life. Like all his male high school classmates, he went eagerly into the military to fight in WW II, ending up as an Army infantryman in Europe. On his return, he went to college to study chemistry. While in college, he met and persuaded Jane Cadden to marry him, the best thing he ever did. She gave him 6 sons and 4 daughters and raised them all to be good, decent people. Thanks to her, they are all successful in their chosen fields of interest. They gave him and Jane many grandchildren and great-grandchildren with more to come. Celebrate his death since he died a contented and happy man. Sadly, Jane preceded Bob in death in 2015 after struggling with dementia. He is survived by their ten children: Sally Dodds (Richard), Bob Skinner (Paula), Terry Pizzarello (Jim), Joe (Kerry), Tom (Esther), Andy, Michael (Tammie), Tony (Mary), Joan Smiley, and Amy Platt (Michael) and the many grandchildren and great grandchildren all who will sorely miss his engaging personality. If you want to attend his funeral, a visitation will be held at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 1000 Shipley Rd. Wilmington, DE from 10:30 AM - 12 PM with a Mass of Christian Burial following at 12 PM on Monday, August 16th. There will only be two hopefully short eulogies. Burial will be in nearby Newark Union Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Catholic Charities, 2601 W 4th St., Wilmington, DE 19805 or ccwilm.org.
Robert A. Smiley, died on August 4, 2021, age 96, a very fortunate man. Not only did he die at an old age, but he had a clear memory of all the good things that happened to him in his life. His childhood was spent in a small town in Ohio where... View Obituary & Service Information
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