Obit – Robert Homer Smith

Robert Homer Smith, 70, of Monroe City died in his home on Monday, Aug. 3, 2009. He and his wife, Hazel, were the former owners of The Media, the Edina Sentinel, The LaBelle Star, Star Printing in Kahoka and former partners in A&S Printing in Monroe City. He was presently serving as economic development coordinator for the city of Wayland.

He was born Nov. 8, 1938 in Clinton, Iowa to Homer Henry and Effie Geneva Baker Smith. He was a 1957 graduate of Dallas Center High School, Dallas Center, Iowa; a 1959 graduate of Wentworth Military Academy in Lexington, Mo., and a graduate of the United States Naval Academy.

He was employed by the state of Iowa for a number of years before moving to Kahoka. He was united in marriage to Hazel Bledsoe on April 26, 1980 in Kahoka.

Survivors include his wife, Hazel; a son, Theron Smith and wife, Shonda of Adel, Iowa; four stepdaughters, Deborah Gardner and husband, Dan, of Falls Church, Va., Barbara Rodenhiser and husband, Roy, of Miriam, Idaho, Kathy Primm and husband, Bruce, of Granby, Conn., and Brenda Borher and husband, Brooks, of Turlock, Calif.; two grandchildren, Aspyn Robert Smith and Addyson Gail Smith of Adel, Iowa and eight step-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents.

A sports enthusiast, Smith played basketball, baseball and football in high school, played basketball at Wentworth and rowed crew while at the Navel Academy. He also enjoyed golfing, fishing and hunting. A skilled trap shooter, he was once named as one of the 20 best trap shooters in Iowa. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and a Shriner, a former member of the Missouri Press Association. He was currently serving as a member of the Silver Haired Legislature from Monroe County. He also enjoyed traveling. He was a member of the Monroe City Christian Church.

Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 6, 2009 at the Garner Funeral Chapel, Monroe City. Rev. Steve Goughnour will officiate; burial will be from the St. Jude Cemetery, Monroe City. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday evening at the Garner Funeral Home.

Honorary casket bearers will be Harold Garner, Larry Spalding, Albert Spalding, Bill Lewis and Bob McClintock. Active casket bearers will be Danny Spalding, David Addison, Woody Woodson, Gene Howes, Jack Bishop and Lee Anderson. Memorials have been suggested to the Monroe City Nutrition Center. Garner Funeral Home and Chapel are in charge of arrangements.

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