November 17, 1928 – August 25, 2014
Robert Lou Smith, 85, passed away Monday, August 25, 2014 at UnityPoint-Taylor House surrounded by his family. Funeral Mass will be 11 a.m. Friday at Sacred Heart Parish in West Des Moines with burial following at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery. Visitation will be held Thursday, August 28 from 5 to 7 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. in the Parish Hall at Sacred Heart.
He was born on November 17, 1928 in Des Moines, IA to Homer and Lillian (Lindsay) Smith. Bob grew up in Highland Park and graduated from North High School in 1946. He attended Grandview and Drake University and then enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He was stationed at the Panama Canal Zone and Norfolk, VA. After his discharge he married Maxine Jamison at All Saints Church on June 11, 1950 and they celebrated 64 years of marriage.
Bob was an avid sports fan. He loved the Dowling Catholic Maroons, Iowa Hawkeyes, Chicago Cubs, and Notre Dame. He was a past President of the Dowling Club and Beaverdale Little League. Bob loved spending time at the Clear Lake house with family and friends. Boating, fishing, and golf were important and he scored two holes-in-one. He thoroughly enjoyed spending time with his five boys at Clear Lake, playing football, baseball or whatever sport, Bob was there. He was a charter member of Knights of Columbus Council 9632. Bob was also very involved with Boy Scouts and Sea Scouts. Additionally, he spent 32 years in Demontreville Retreat with fellow Serrans. He was President of the Iowa Accounting Finance Council while at Bruce Motor Freight. Bob later began a successful specialty advertising business which became the family business for future generations. Bob was a devoted husband to Maxine.
He is survived by his loving wife, Maxine, five sons, Michael (Mary Kay) of West Des Moines, IA, Charles of Dallas, Texas, Bob (Rhonda) of Tulsa, OK, Steve (Debbie) of Clive, IA, John (Sherry) of Eugene, OR; Fourteen grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; sister, Betty Wilcox of Waukee; a special cousins group and Jamison families of Colorado. Bob was preceded in death by his parents; and his brother, Bill.
Memorial contributions may be made to Sacred Heart Church, Dowling Catholic High School Athletics Department or UnityPoint Hospice Taylor House.
A heartfelt thanks to Dr. James Nordstrom and the loving staff of UnityPoint for home hospice and Taylor House.Information provided by: McLarens Resthaven Chapel and Mortuary 801 19th Street West Des Moines, IA 50265 www.dignitymemorial.com