Robert “Day” William Smith, Saginaw, Michigan

Age 78, passed away on Thursday, December 10, 2009 at Covenant HealthCare – Cooper, after a brief illness. Robert was born on April 12, 1931 in Saginaw to the late Frank and Helen (Techentein) Smith. He was a veteran of the United States Army, where he served four years, being honorably discharged in 1952. Robert was a retiree of General Motor where he worked for over 35 years. He also worked an additional 19 years as a bus driver for the Swan Valley School District. Robert was united in marriage on June 7, 1952 in Sault Saint Marie to the former Susan Bernard. Then soon after, they began raising a family together. Robert always loved spending time with his family, whether it was sitting at the kitchen table talking and eating, camping along the Au Sable River, or fishing and hunting; as long as he was with his loved ones he didn’t mind what he was doing.  Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Susan of 57 years; children: Robert (Franzine) Smith Jr., Ronald Smith, Kimberly Smith, Shirley Smith and Bill McDougall, Debbie (Joe) Babiarz, and  Christine (Dennis Jr.) Huff; grandchildren: Daniel and his fiancée, Staci, Theresa, Tammy, Courtney, Bradley, Robby, and Trevor; great granddaughter, Kaydance. He is also survived by his sister, Mary North, brothers: Jerry (Emma) Smith and Richard (Joanne) Smith; many nieces and nephews; and a very special canine, Molly. He is preceded in death by a brother, James Smith.  Robert’s Funeral Service will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, December 14, 2009 at Deisler Funeral Home, 2233 Hemmeter Road (off State). Hank Messing will officiate. Military honors will be conducted under the auspices of American Legion Post #439 at St. Andrew Mausoleum, entombment will follow.  Friend’s may call at the Deisler Funeral Home on Sunday, December 13, 2009 from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. and on Monday, from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service.  Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to the Smith’s Family wishes. Please feel free to share your thoughts and memories with the family at the funeral home or through www.deislerfuneralhome.com.