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Robert Smith

Runnells - Robert Vincent Smith, 79, passed away with his loving wife by his side Tuesday, December 4, 2018. Services will be held December 8, 2018, at 10:30 am at Grandview Funeral Home.

Robert was born May 14, 1939, in Bethany, IA, to Manly and Avis (Van Meter) Smith. He married Shirley Dotson Smith on July 20, 1957, in Bethany, IA.

Bob retired from the U.S.Postal Service in 1992 with 34 years of service, 25 of those years as Manager, Postal Transportation for 32 years. He was a great and loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. He always spent time with his family and supported them in their sports and school activities. Bob supported and encouraged his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren to pursue an advanced education. He also loved to research his family history and tell stories from his postal experience and his childhood adventures.

Robert is survived by his wife, Shirley A. Smith; daughters, Kristi A Douglas, Sherri L (Michael) Hummel of Bondurant, IA; grandchildren, Joscelind A LaVine, Jennifer A Slaugh, Ashcelyn G Kline, Joshua D (Alexa) Hummel, Jared R (Jenna) Hummel, Jonathan R Douglas, Katherine K Douglas; great-grandchildren, Jaicee A Magnani, Charles V Slaugh, Lilly A Hummel, Dillon M Slaugh, Lucianna L Magnani, Domanic K Douglas, Gracelynn M Hummel, Gianni J Patton, Bash B Patton, Lincoln R Hummel; sisters, Reva J (Cletus) Herold of Johnston, IA, Jerry J (Bob) Herold of Des Moines, IA; brother, Garry D (Lila) Smith of Des Moines, IA; sisters-in-law, Deanna K (Jack) Bivins, Linda L (Randy) Watson; nieces, Patricia Graham, Deb Clemens, Lori K Rhodes, Pamela Aagaard, Michele Herold, Diane Moreno; nephews, Doug Herold, John Herold, Michael Herold, Garry David Smith, Tim Smith. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Patsy A Rhodes; and nephew, Paul D Herold.

Contributions may be made to the family for a future memorial. Online condolences will be welcomed at IlesCares.com.
Published in Des Moines Register on Dec. 6, 2018
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