Robert W. Smith, 80, Belmond, died Sept. 27, 2020 at the Rehabilitation Center of Belmond. Services were held Oct. 2 at Ewing Funeral Home, with Pastor David DeKuiper officiating. Burial was in the Immanuel Reformed Church Cemetery east of Belmond.
Robert William, son of Harold and Jennie (Pals) Smith, was born Feb. 1, 1940 in Belmond. He grew up in Belmond and graduated from Belmond High School in 1958. Robert joined the Army, and while stationed in Japan, his military job was training police dogs. Robert returned to Belmond where he raised mink with his father. He worked at Kinseth Plumbing and Heating for many years before retirement. Robert was still actively farming with Larry and Eugene Pals during harvest. His happiness was being in a tractor.
On Dec. 27, 1963 Robert was united in marriage to Carolyn McCaffrey at the Immanuel Reformed parsonage. They made their home on the farm in rural Meservey where they raised their children.
In his younger years, Robert enjoyed fishing, hunting and fur trapping. In retirement he enjoyed going to auctions and had an interest in antiques. During the winter he enjoyed putting puzzles together. He traveled and spent time with his special friend Linda Blau.
He was preceded in death by his wife Carolyn in 2005; infant son Michael; his parents; and nephew Barron.
Robert is survived by his children Kim (Mark) Soma of Belmond, Steven (Devin) Smith of Sioux City, Roy (Monique) Smith of Vinton, Kerri (Dave) Pals of Belmond, Brandon Smith (Susan Ford) of Kanawha, and Bryan Smith of North Las Vegas, NV; grandchildren Ashley, Sarah, Katelyn, Makayla, Jenna, Rebecca, Andrew, Elise and Will; great-granddaughters Brooklyn, Ava, Avery and Bristol; siblings Jim (Chris) Smith, Bruce (Pat) Smith and Judy (Jon) Klink; and special friend Linda Blau.