Robert Bailey “Bob” Smith, 89, a lifelong farmer and stockman of rural Erie, died at 1:28 a.m., Tuesday, September 13, 2011, at Prairie Mission Retirement Village in St. Paul.
He was born December 15, 1921 on a farm west of St. Paul, Kansas to Harry E. and Emma Jane (Bailey) Smith. He attended Mentor Grade School, was a graduate of Parsons High School and attended Parsons Jr. College.
In addition to farming and managing his cattle operation, he had also worked at the Parsons Livestock Commission Company for many years.
He was a member of the St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Erie and the Kansas Livestock Association. In earlier years, he had served on the Neosho County 4-H Council and 4-H Fair Board and the Farmers Home Administration Advisory Board.
He and Theresa A. Steinbacher were married March 4, 1946 at the South Mound Catholic Church. She survives of the home.
Additional survivors include: Three Sons – Ronald Smith and wife, Sharilyn Emporia, KS Robert E. Smith and wife, Elaine Hugo, OK Kenneth Smith and wife, Mona rural Erie, KS One Daughter – Kathleen Elrod and husband, Duane rural Erie, KS Ten Grandchildren Eight Great-Grandchildren Two Sisters – Dorothy Slane Chanute, KS Jane Swanson The Village, FL
He was preceded in death by one brother, William H. Smith; and one grandchild.
The funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, September 16, 2011, at St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Erie. Burial will be in St. Francis Cemetery in St. Paul. The rosary will be prayed at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, at St. Ambrose Catholic Church where the family will receive friends immediately following the rosary.
Memorials are suggested to St. Ambrose Catholic Church. These may be left at or mailed to Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home, P.O. Box 374, Parsons, KS 67357.
Online condolences may be left at www.forbeshoffman.com.