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Robert "Bob" William Smith

April 6, 1929 January 1, 2019
Robert "Bob" William Smith
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Obituary – Robert William Smith

Robert William Smith, known as Bob and R.W., the son of Charles Duff and Margaret Ella (Lovett) Smith, was born April 6, 1929, in Des Moines, Iowa. He died at Mercy Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa on New Year’s Day, 2019.

Bob grew up in Garden Grove, Iowa and graduated from Garden Grove High School in 1946. He attended the University of Iowa for two years and served in the Army ROTC program. On July 26, 1950, he was married to Ruby Lea Hill in Leon, Iowa. They started their life together living in Garden Grove. In February of 1951, Bob was drafted into the United States Army. He served for two years and another seven in the Army Reserves following his honorable discharge as a Sergeant First Class. He worked for his dad in the feed business in Garden Grove. In 1953, he bought the Tinsley Hatchery on the northeast corner of the square in Leon and turned it into Smith Feeder Supply. They later moved to their current location on the north edge of Leon. He and Ruby have owned and operated it for the past 65 years.

He and Ruby were blessed with seven children, Sheryl, Mark, Cindy, Charlene, Scott, Dan, and Jason. In the mid 1960’s the family moved from Garden Grove to Leon. In his younger days, Bob enjoyed camping, fishing, and family gatherings. He was a hard worker, which took a toll on his body over the years.

Preceding him in death were his parents; stillborn sister, Barbara; grandson, Justin Smith; aunts and uncles; and his mother-in-law, Delia Hill. Survivors include his wife, Ruby Smith of Leon; children, Sherry and Dennis Martin of Garden Grove, Iowa, Mark and Jodi Smith of Leon, Cindy Smith and Stan Moeller of Hull, Iowa, Charlene and David Hoover of Leon, Scott Smith of West Des Moines, Iowa, Dan and Melissa Smith of Leon, and Jason and Sandee Smith of Van Wert, Iowa; grandchildren, Tony Veach, Sadie & T.J. Wertz, Bailey & Tanner Schuldt, Matt & Cindy Moeller, Cassie & Josh Alley, Meghan Smith, Amanda Smith, Sydney Smith, Branton & Ellie Smith, Samuel Smith, Grant Smith, Gavin Smith, Hunter Smith, Chandler Smith, Gunnar Smith, and Soiyer Smith; 13 great grandchildren; three great, great grandchildren; three sisters-in-law, Glendoris Moreland, Audrey Blackwell, and Ramona Niday; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.





Funeral services will be held at the Slade – O’Donnell Funeral Home in Leon, Iowa at 2 p.m. Sunday, January 6, 2019, with Rev. Max Carmichael and Rev. Jerry McFerron officiating. Burial will be in the Leon Cemetery, Leon, Iowa.


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Visitation

Saturday

5

Jan

2:00 PM 1/5/2019 2:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 1/5/2019 8:00:00 PM
Slade - O'Donnell Funeral Home

103 NE Mill Street
Leon, Iowa 50144

Family will receive friends 5-7 p.m.

Slade - O'Donnell Funeral Home
103 NE Mill Street Leon 50144 Iowa
United States

Service

Sunday

6

Jan

2:00 PM 1/6/2019 2:00:00 PM
Slade - O'Donnell Funeral Home

103 NE Mill Street
Leon, Iowa 50144

Slade - O'Donnell Funeral Home
103 NE Mill Street Leon 50144 Iowa
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Leon Cemetery Final Resting Place

Leon, Iowa 50144

Leon 50144 Iowa
United States
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