At a high school dance in April 1973, he met his wife Cynthia 'Cindy' Smith and on June 17, 1977, they were married. They had a wonderful life together, which included the birth of their beautiful daughter Constance "Nikki" Watts. Nikki and her husband Ted Mercer gave them two more blessings, their grandchildren Lexus and Braxton. They were the most important things in his life. He attended every softball and volleyball game involving his daughter. Later in life he attended softball, baseball, basketball, volleyball games, school programs and 4-H events with his grandchildren.
His most important role was being a husband, dad and papa to his beloved family. Almost every day after school he would pick the grandkids up and take them wherever they wanted to go, which usually included a trip to McDonald's.
Bob graduated from Staunton High School in 1973, and while in high school he was on the basketball and baseball teams and ran track and cross country. He was a member of the First Christian Church. He was also a member of the Brazil Elks Lodge, American Legion Post #2, VFW 1127, the Eagles and the Moose Lodge.
He was a paint contractor for 35 years before his health caused him to retire in 2007.
He had a huge amount of friends, who knew him as "Bob the Builder" because he could fix anything. Whether it is his friends at Sullivan Lake where they had a camper for the last 11 years or at the lodge where he enjoyed a beer and a laugh, he will be dearly missed.
Survivors include his wife Cindy of 35 years, daughter Nikki and son-in-law Ted, grandchildren Lexus and Braxton, siblings Janice (Dick) Ballinger, LuAnne Utz, Raymond (Kelly) Watts, Patti Austin, Marcia (Rod) Albright, brothers and sisters-in-law Charles and Patsy Smith, Carol and Steve Brush, Peggy and Dewey McLin and Penny Smith, father and mother-in-law Charles and Patsy Smith, several nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles and very special close friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Services will take place at Lawson-Miller Chapel, Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012, at 11 a.m., with Marc Loveland officiating. Burial will follow at Clearview Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 4-8 p.m., at the funeral home. Post a heart in his memory at www.frenchfuneralhome.com.