We have received word of the passing of WAL/DAL Captain Robert ‘Bob’ Smith. Born September 17, 1933, Robert Edgar Smith was 78 years of age at the time of his passing January 15, 2012.
To view/sign the online guestbook please visit the funeral home website at
Bob hired on with Western 06-20-1966 and retired with Delta in 1993,
based SLC. Survived by his wife Patsy personal condolences may be sent to
902 E. Day Road , Coeur D Alene, ID 83815-6533
Our thanks to Jim Weatherly for providing additional information on Bob’s career ... please see below.
~ Carol Faulkner, PCN death notice communicator
~ IN MEMORY ~
Captain Bob Smith, 78
September 17, 1933 – January 15, 2012
Robert Edgar Smith, 78, of Coeur d'Alene, passed away Jan. 15, 2012. Bob was born Sept. 17, 1933, in Decatur, Ill., to John Robert Smith and Deeata Isabelle Smith (Reeves). His family moved to Denver shortly after. Bob joined the Navy at the age of 19 and served on board the ship USS Phillipine Sea during the Korean War. On return he married and has three surviving children.
After beginning to learn to fly at the age of 14 he was ready to join Western Airlines in 1966. He served Western as a pilot. He also served in numerous elected positions with the Air Lines Pilots Association including Master Executive Counsel Chair. He flew for Delta after Western merged with Delta until his retirement.
Through his adventurous years he skied the mountains of Colorado, sailed in boat races in Coronado, Calif., snowmobiled the frozen lakes of Minnesota, golfed Hawaii golf courses. He was a member of CAMS and flew RC airplanes for many years. His greatest love was Harleys. He got his first in 1947. In later years he bought and sold bikes all over the nation. He was a lifetime member of HOG after joining in 1983. He had fun with the Tuesday and Thursday golfing guys and once a year those crazy Kalispel golfers. He enjoyed the company of the folks at the Eagles Aerie 4080 in Hayden.
He is survived by his wife, Patsy; his daughters, Jeanne Bistranin and Amy Leonard in Denver, Colo.; and his son, Wade in Pittsburgh, Pa. Also his step-daughter, Grace, in Seattle. He also leaves behind a sister, Deena, and his brother, Carl, both in Denver. One brother and one sister preceded him in death. There are eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Thanks to Hospice for theircare and always being there.
At Bob's request no services will be held at this time. His ashes will be taken to Denver for a family memorial service at a later date. Please visit Bob's online memorial and sign his guest book at
Subj: Capt. Robert E. Smith
Captain Robert E. Smith, passed away from throat cancer Sunday, Jan. 15th, 2012. I believe Bob hired on with Western Air Lines in 1966 as a Co-Pilot, then transferred to Minneapolis in 1977 as a 727 Captain, then to Salt Lake City in 1982 as a 727 Captain and a Delta Air Lines 727 Captain after the merger in 1987, where he retired medically in 1993. In the middle 1970's, Bob was Chairman of the Western Air Lines ALPA Master Executive Council. At his passing, Bob lived with his
wife, Pasty, in Couer d'Alene, ID. Bob’s obituary can be seen at
Condolences can be sent to:
902 Day Road
Coeur d'Alene, Id. 83814