Funeral Services were held on Feb. 3, 2012, at Hope United Methodist Church in Blue Earth. The Rev. Arthur Keith officiated. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery, Blue Earth.
Bob was born March 7, 1937, in Jo Daviess Township, the son of David and Evelyn (Helland) Smith. He was raised and educated in the rural Guckeen area where he attended school. He enlisted in the U.S. Marines in 1954, returning to Minnesota a few years later where he worked road construction for several years. He was married to Anna Belle Shumski on May 3, 1958, in Fairmont. The couple farmed in the rural Pilot Grove and Guckeen area since 1965. In 1978 Bob purchased the hog buying station in East Chain where he began working with his son, Rick. He had also been in the trucking business for several years, hauling livestock. He had a passion for going out west for “order cattle” for area farmers. Bob was a very social person who loved to visit with friends and neighbors and was always there to help when needed. He enjoyed riding his motorcycle and frequenting the Derby Inn for coffee and cards most mornings. He was proud to care for his wife, Ann, during her struggle with Lou?Gehrig’s disease because “she would have done the same for me.”
Bob is survived by his son, Rick (Mary Kay) Smith, of East Chain; daughter, Robin (Tom) Huber, of New Ulm; brother, Arvid (Lynette) Smith, of Elmore; sisters, Mary (Paul) Schavey, of Blue Earth, and Jeanette (Arden) Thompson, of Bena; sister-in-law, Elaine Smith, of Denver, Colo.; his grandchildren: Garrett (Melissa) Smith, of Rapid City, S.D., Chad Smith, of East Chain, Mariah Smith, of St. Cloud, Brittany Huber, of Rapid City, and Jordan Huber, of New Ulm; two great-grandchildren, Teaghan and Serre Smith; and special friend, Mary Peterson, of Armstrong, Iowa.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Ann, in 2007; mother and father-in-law, Martin and Agnes Shumski; and two brothers, Dennis and Bruce Smith.
Memorial donations are preferred to United Hands Hospice.
Web tributes may be left at www.pattonfh.com
Robert A. “Bob” Smith, 74