Robert G. "Bob" Smithyman

Robert G. "Bob" Smithyman went peacefully to his Saviorís open arms on Jan. 17, 2006 at Aurora Medical Center surrounded by family. He was 79 years old.

Bob was born Oct. 3, 1926 on a farm in Pewaukee to Ralph and Lorraine (nee Evert) Smithyman. Bob graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1948 with a degree in agriculture. He married Bernice Marquardt on Aug. 9, 1952 in Hartland and moved to Rubicon, where he and his father had a dairy farm. Bob also was a local milkman for Golden Guernsey dairy for 15 years. Bob was a gifted runner and was the stateís mile champion in 1943 and 1944. He was going through U.S. Navy pilot training when WWII ended. Bob served on the Hartford Common School board from 1969-1978 and 1993-1996, and was an inspiration to many kids who met him through the years. Bob always had a smile and an encouraging word for all. Bob loved working outdoors and had a passion for preserving the beauty God created.

It was hard to visit with Bob and not hear his Big Band era music playing or get offered some form of chocolate, which were his only two vices.

His love of country, music and the environment were only surpassed by his love for wife and family.

Bob is survived by his wife of 53 years, Bernice; his daughters, Roberta (Ronald) Pipping of Wauwatosa and Meredith (Kevin) Korpak of Crystal Lake, Ill.; his sons, Lincoln (Kathy) Smithyman of Rubicon, Adam (Candice) Smithyman of Kingsville, Texas, and Thomas (Jenny) Smithyman of Whitewater; 19 grandchildren; two great-grand children; his sisters, Lorna (Jim) Will of Columbus and Mary Mink of Georgia. He is further survived by other relatives and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

Memorial services for Bob were Friday Jan. 20, 2006 at Shimon Funeral Home in Hartford, with Fr. Mike Tess officiating. Family greeted relatives and friends at the funeral home prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to the First United Methodist Church of Hartford appreciated.

A special thank you to his caregivers who eased his pain and brought a smile to his face these last few years.

Shimon Funeral Home assisted the family.