Robert John Smith

August 9, 1946 to August 20, 2017

Robert John Smith (71), passed away on Sunday, August 20, 2017 at Kaiser “Zion” Hospital in San Diego, with his wife and children by his side. Robert “Pops” was born on August 9, 1946, in Bronx, New York to Benjamin and Ethel Smith.

Robert enlisted in the U.S. Navy in April of 1967 and served on the USS Bridget and USS King. During his time in the Navy, he met and married Roxanne Angell Smith. Robert was honorably discharged on January 25, 1971. Upon exiting the military, Robert received his Bachelor’s in Accounting, with an emphasis in Management, from National University. Robert was contracted into civil service by the military shortly after completing his education. After 43 years of dedicated service, Robert retired as a Force Auditor with the Inspector General’s Office of the Naval Special Warfare Command (SEALS) on the Naval Amphibious Base, Coronado, CA.

Robert attended the River Church in San Diego, CA, where he enjoyed greeting guests, beach nights at La Jolla Shores, and breaking with bread with his brothers and sisters in Christ.

Robert is survived by his wife, Roxanne; children, Mike (Ellen), Steve (Amy), Lori (Josh), and David (Danielle); eleven grandchildren, Emily, Ashlee, Isaiah, Tyler, Hannah, JJ, Micah, Benjamin, Bosena, Brody, McKenzee; brothers, Ronald Smith, Mark Young; and many, many friends.

Celebration of Life Service at Gateway Baptist Church (1280 N Johnson Ave #102, El Cajon, CA 92020) on Friday, August 25, 2017 at 6:30 pm for all who wish to celebrate Robert “Pops” Smith’s Life.

Please Send All Cards (ONLY) to:

River Church San Diego

Roxanne Smith

6540 Lusk Blvd C116

San Diego CA 92121

Please Send All Flowers (Only) to:

Gateway Baptist Church

1280 N Johnson #102

El Cajon CA 92020

Celebration of Life

  • Date: August 25, 2017
  • Time: 6:30 PM
  • Location: Gateway Baptist Church
  • Address: 1280 N Johnson Avenue, #102 El Cajon CA 92020
  • Directions: Gateway Baptist Church