Pomeroy, Ohio resident Robert “Bob” Smiddle, 80, died June 20 after a long battle with cancer.
A McMinnville native, he was the son of the late Clifford and Amanda Woodlee Smiddle. He was admired for his folk pottery adorned with flowers and his plays that combined humor with strong social justice messages.
He is survived by his wife, Beth Amorlya of Pomeroy; son, Kyle Smiddle of Newark, N.J.; daughters, Laura James and her husband Alan; daughter Nora of Chicago, Ill., Kellie Smiddle and her husband, Kevin Corp and children James, Annie and Michelle of Cleveland, Ohio, Angel Newberry and her husband, Ray and daughter, Reilly of Canal Winchester, Ohio; and sister, Frances Smiddle Moore of Kingston.
Memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Armstrong Church of Christ with burial to follow in Armstrong Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to the Remote Area Free Clinic Fund, in care of Rural Action, P.O. Box 157, Tremble, Ohio 45782.
(McMinnville, Tenn.) June 22, 2011