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Robert Frank Smith

February 3, 1943 – December 6, 2023

Robert Frank Smith

In Loving Memory of Robert Frank Smith

Robert Frank Smith, a dedicated and retired Cincinnati Police Officer, passed away on December 6, 2023, at the age of 80. Bob, as he was affectionately known, was born on February 3, 1943, in Cincinnati, Ohio, to his loving parents, Charles and Trilda Smith (nee Jeffers).

Having served the community for an impressive number of years, Bob dedicated his life to protecting and serving the people of Cincinnati. In 1993, he retired from his honorable position, leaving behind a remarkable legacy in the law enforcement industry. After retiring from the police department, Bob continued serving the people of Cincinnati and the surrounding area by working as a security officer for many years, and as a part time delivery driver for an area medical supply company and lab.

Outside of work Bob found joy in his family. He cherished spending time with his beloved spouse, Sharon Smith, his son Kevin Smith, his step-daughter Jeanie (Michael) Huntsinger, and his grandchildren, Dalton, Alex, Cassie, Cole, Avery, Tim and Brett, as well as Cassie and Tim’s mother, Terri Smith. Bob also treasured his time with Chris Smith and Chris’ children, Ryan (Jieyin) and their son Anson, Shannon, and Jake (Deborah) Smith who always knew Bob as grandpa.

Bob was his grandchildren’s biggest cheerleader, attending countless sporting events and extracurricular events. From wrestling to football, basketball and motocross, he relished in the excitement of watching his grandchildren compete.

Bob had many interests outside of family and work. He had a deep appreciation for Native American culture which began more than 65 years ago as a boy scout. He enjoyed attending and participating in Native American Powwows and did so throughout his life. He was particularly passionate about teaching younger generations about Native American art, beading, and crafts and personally handcrafted traditional regalia for each of his grandchildren.

Bob loved music and as a musician was a drummer who played for many artists during the 1960’s, 70’s, and 80’s. He was most proud of his time as a member of the Casinos band and their top 100 hit song, “Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye” (Fraternity Records), which rose to number 6 on the Billboard chart the week of March 11, 1967.

Bob was preceded in death by his son, Timothy Smith, Timothy’s mother, Cassandra Smith, grandson, Eric Smith, brother, Jim Smith, and his parents, Charles and Trilda Smith.

The family invites all friends, relatives, and loved ones to attend the funeral services and ceremonies to celebrate Bob’s remarkable life. Visitation will take place at the Arlington Memorial Gardens Funeral Home, 2155 Compton Road, 45231, from 10:00 am, until 12 noon, when the funeral services will begin, on Saturday, December 16, 2023. Once on the grounds of the memorial park, follow the BLUE line to the funeral home.

A graveside service will then be conducted at Arlington Memorial Gardens at 1:00pm, 2145 Compton Road, Springfield Township, OH 45231, where Bob will be laid to rest in a peaceful burial.

In his memory, Bob’s family kindly requests that donations be made to Queen City Hospice at https://queencityhospice.com/donate/.

Bob will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him. His memory will forever remain in our hearts as we carry on his legacy of love, compassion, and dedication.



Saturday, December 16th, 2023 from 10:00 AM until 12:00 Noon

The Arlington Memorial Gardens Funeral Home


Saturday, December 16th, 2023 at 12:00 Noon

The Arlington Memorial Gardens Funeral Home


Saturday, December 16th, 2023 at 1:00 PM

The Arlington Memorial Gardens

Guest Book

“Bob, was/is an Outstanding Human being. He was a dedicated Public Servant. Bob always carried a great smile and sense of humor. He could have been “A CPD Poster Man”! You are missed Bob. “ Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye”! All of our lives were better because Bob lived! 🗣🙏😇👮‍♂️💙🇺🇸🦅🗽🧢🥁🎸🎤🎸🎹🏵”

“I was very sorry to hear of this, Bob was a Great person , I knew that from the first time I met him at his Father n law Ira Hill here in Princeton WV . In which Ira was a good friend of mine.and he thought alot of Bob also. My condolences to Sharon and The family.”

“My sincere condolences to you Sharon and all of the family! Praying for comfort and peace! Bob was blessed with such a lovely family!”

“May you find comfort in knowing God’s grace and blessings in your time if sorrow. I have enjoyed your posts over the past few years. They demonstrated his love for you, his family, and his native culture. Prayers for you and Jeannie. Love Rachel”

“Bob was such a awesome example of what a great man is . So glad I knew him God bless Kevin and Terri and his wife and all of the grandchildren Lisa”

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“I metBob through Jeannie and her Mom. I enjoyed listening to the stores he told about the POW Wows they attended, and how he made his grandkids outfits they wore, very interesting. He will be truly missed.”

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