URBANA – Robert "Bob" Smith, 83, of Urbana passed away at 4:35 p.m. Monday (March 10, 2014).
A visitation will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday, March 14, 2014, at Renner-Wikoff Chapel and Crematory, 1900 S. Philo Road, Urbana. A funeral service will be held following the visitation at 2 p.m., at the funeral home. Pastor Eunjoo Lee of the First United Methodist Church of Urbana will officiate.
Mr. Smith was born July 2, 1930, in Mount Carmel, to parents Adam and Etta (Rigg) Smith. He married Phyllis Tingley on Aug. 3, 1952, in Marshall; she survives.
Also surviving are daughters, Amy Crouch (Van) of Mahomet and Lee Golden of Urbana; grandsons, Jason Mock (Angie) of St. Joseph and Josh Mock (Amy) of Woodstock; and five great-grandchildren.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents.
After receiving degrees from Indiana State University and the University of Illinois, Bob worked as a publications editor for the UI, where he worked for more than 20 years.
During his time in grad school, Bob was the first announcer and continuity writer for WILL-TV, where he was also one of the first directors. He was also the first instructor to teach television announcing at UIUC. Bob also authored two chapters in a widely used textbook on advertising and marketing.
Bob was a member of the Society for Scholarly Publishing, Illinois News Broadcasters Association, Champaign County Camera Club, Champaign County Torch Club and Urbana Exchange Club.
Mr. Smith proudly served in the U.S. Army, 6th Armored Division Band.
Memorial contributions may be made to WILL or an organization of the donor's choice. Condolences may be offered online at www.renner-wikoffchapel.com."