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Robert "Bob" Leroy Smith

July 19, 1943 ~ May 2, 2020 (age 76)



Robert “Bob” Leroy Smith, age 76, of Merrill, passed away on Saturday, May 2, 2020 at his home with his family by his side and under the care of Aspirus Comfort Care & Hospice.  He was born on July 19, 1943 to the late Vincent and Hattie (Lange) Smith in Merrill, WI.  Robert married Patricia Iwen on June 4, 1966 at St. John Lutheran Church.  She survives.

Robert honorably served his country in the United States Army.  He was a tow motor driver at Semco for 43 years.  Bob enjoyed passing the time bowling on the X & C bowling league in Gleason and the Tuesday Night Handicap League in Merrill. 

Bob is survived by his loving wife: Patricia of Merrill,  brothers; Gerald “Jerry” Smith, Plymouth, David (Sue) Smith, Merrill, Dennis Smith, Oak Creek, brother-in-law & sister-in-law: Harvey (Donna) Iwen, Wausau, sister in laws; Gail Luedtke, Harriet Pfuhl, Judy Noonan, Kay Myers, Gwen Carlson, all of Merrill, he was blessed with many special nieces & nephews.

Preceded in death by; parents, in-laws: Harvey and Isabell Iwen, sister in laws; Barbara Smith, Dawn Smith, brother in laws; Chester Luedtke, Thomas Noonan, Earl Wagner, Mike Carlson and Florian Pfuhl.

A private funeral service for Bob will be held on Thursday, May 7, 2020.  Burial will be on Friday, May 8, 2020 at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery, Merrill.  Full Military Honors & gathering will take place at a later date.

The family wishes to thank the many doctors, nurses and hospital staff, where he stayed for their wonderful care.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Robert’s name may be directed to the Lincoln County Humane Society or St. John Lutheran Church.

Waid Funeral Home & Cremation Service of Merrill is assisting the family with arrangements.  Online condolences may be made at


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