Robert Smith Obituary, Death – The community of Canoe, KY, is united in grief as it mourns the passing of Robert Earl “Buck” Smith. Aged 70, Buck peacefully left this world on August 27, 2023, at the KY River Medical Center in Jackson, KY. His life was a testament to the love he shared with his family and the impact he had on those fortunate enough to know him.
Born on May 30, 1953, in Oneida, KY, Buck was the son of the late Robert and Dorothy Girdler Smith. His journey was one of cherished moments, love, and family bonds. His memory will be forever etched in the hearts of those who had the privilege to share their lives with him.
Buck’s legacy is carried by his beloved wife, Susie Short Smith, and his surviving children: Robert “Punkin” Smith and Pamela Stamper. The loss of his son, Patrick Earl Smith, and an infant son has left a void, yet his love continues to shine through the family he leaves behind.
Throughout his life, Buck was a brother, a father, and a grandfather. His siblings—Foster Smith, Fannie Short, and Barbara Hunt—share the memories of their shared journey. Grandchildren Dakota, Austin, Autumn, and Alexis, along with great-grandchildren Hunter, Ember, Gracelynn, Blakely, and Ethan Buck, will carry forward his legacy.
A man dedicated to family, Buck’s memory will be celebrated in a funeral service on Thursday, August 31, 2023, at 1:00 pm at the Deaton Funeral Home Chapel. Robert Butler will officiate, offering comfort and reflection. Burial will take place in the Short Cemetery on Mill Creek Road, Canoe, KY.
The outpouring of support and condolences from family and friends is a testament to the lasting impact Buck had on those around him. His memory will forever be intertwined with the lives he touched. As we come together to remember his life, let us also support his family during this time of grief.
Pallbearers including Dakota Stamper, Austin Smith, Johnny Short, Austin Spicer, Robert “Punkin” Smith, Johnny Lee Little, and Steven Stepp will carry Buck to his final resting place, honoring a life well-lived.
Deaton Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements, allowing friends and family to pay their respects during the visitation on Wednesday from 5:00-9:00 pm. In celebrating the life of Robert Earl “Buck” Smith, we remember the love, the laughter, and the memories that will continue to shape our lives.