Robert C. Smyth

Robert Carl Smyth, 89, of Warren, IN, died Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017, at Heritage Pointe of Warren.

Mr. Smyth grew up in Bellville, where his parents owned and operated the Bellville Mill. He graduated in 1946 from Jefferson Township High School, where he was point guard on the basketball team and class president. He attended Purdue University before transferring to the University of Cincinnati to study industrial design and was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha. After graduating from the University of Cincinnati, he served as a captain in the United States Air force. He flew the T-33 single engine jet and F-100 Super Sabre jet. While stationed in Las Vegas, NV, he was assigned to a radar site on Mt. Charleston and watched atomic bomb testing.

He worked at Endicott Church Furniture in Warsaw; owned and operated Smyth Manufacturing; and retired from Shuttleworth Inc., in Huntington. After retirement, he and his wife owned and operated Handcrafters Marketplace, in Warren. He was a volunteer and board member for the Pulse Opera House, in Warren.

He was born April 11, 1928, in Detroit, MI, to Carl and Mae Kreischer Smyth. He married Nancy Gebhart on Aug. 30, 1953, at the Congregational Church of Christ (now known as United Church of Christ), in Warren. His wife survives.

Additional survivors include a daughter, Cynthia (Ron) Smyth-Wartzok, of Warren; three sons, Todd Smyth, of Bethesda, MD; Steve (Janice) Smyth, of St. Louis, MO; and Chad (Stephanie) Smyth, of Larwill; and six grandchildren.

Calling is Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the United Church of Christ, 202 E. 2nd St., Warren. A service will be held at the church on Monday, Aug. 21, at 10 a.m., with calling one hour prior to the service. Scott Nedberg will officiate. Interment will be at Woodlawn Cemetery, Warren, with military rites conducted by the United States Air Force.

Memorial gifts may be made to Pulse Opera House, PO Box 631, Warren, IN 46792.

Glancy-H. Brown & Sons Funeral Home, Warren, is in charge of arrangements.

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