Robert A. SMITH

August 2, 1933September 17, 2020

Robert A. Smith, on September 17 at the age of 87, passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by family. Beloved Husband of 63 years of Betty (Lewis) Smith - the best decision he ever made. Dear Father of Karen Smith, Larry Smith, Sally (Arthur) Hovater, and Andy (Sally) Smith. Proud Grandpa of Katherine (Andrew), Madeleine, Will (Carly), Jack, Annie, Charlie, Dan and Michael. Great grandfather of Cora, Jake and 2 angels on the way. Brother of the late Earl Quinn Smith. Bob was a graduate of CBC High School, Saint Louis University School of Commerce and Finance, and its Law School. He served 3 years in the US Army JAG Corps. He practiced law with his father and brother for 36 years. In retirement, he mentored at De La Salle Middle School.

Throughout his life, Bob enjoyed sports, nature, hunting and especially his beloved bird dogs.

Thanks be to God for a life full of faith, family and friends.

Due to COVID restrictions, funeral and burial services will be private.

Masses preferred or donations to Our Lady of the Pillar School Fund.


No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


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Bill Schless

September 26, 2020

On behalf of my aunt Ginny Senkosky, I would like to express our condolences to Mrs. Betty Smith and the Smith family....such good friends of my Uncle Robert and Aunt Ginny....I recall meeting "Mr Smith" during the Sunday morning tennis matches in Webster....and meeting over the years at OLP if we went to Sunday morning Mass with "the Aunt." Jan and I have good memories of "Mr Smith"....good man!

Bill and Jan Schless

Richard D. Schreiber

September 23, 2020

My dad, Dalton W. Schreiber, knew Bob's father from law school. That developed into a relationship between me and Bob in our early life. After law school, I used to see Bob in the courthouse in Clayton frequently. Its been quite a few years now, but our last meeting was over lunch, to relive old times.
My wife, Jo Ann Kearns, remembers Betty from their years together at Villa Duschene.
May he Rest In Peace Richard D. Schreiber.

Michael Hughes

September 23, 2020

Condolences to the entire family. May the Good Lord be with you during your time of grief and may he nurture your memories to bring you peace in knowing Bob has earned his place in his kingdom. Mr. Smith (& Mrs.) was a staple and an influence to the Pillar Parish for over fifty years in so many different ways. He will be missed, but his reward will be just.

Tom Krippene

September 22, 2020

Betty, so sorry to hear about the loss of Bob. His friendly and engaging personality was always something to look forward to. Jeanne and I loved running into you two at church. Bob always had a quip or a joke to share which always brightened our day. I remember playing pickup basketball with him, Reid, Ralph and the others up at Pillar. I looked so forward to that until my knees couldn't take it any more. While my heart hurts here on earth I know he is preparing a place for you two in heaven. While life with Bob here on earth must have been grand think of how great eternity will be for you two. All our prayers and best wishes to you and your family, Tom and Jeanne Krippene

Hugh McGaughy

September 20, 2020

Dear Betty,
I was saddened to hear of Bob's passing. Bob was always delightful company with a winning personality and a welcoming smile. He was also a left-handed tennis player whose stroke I could never handle.

Following is a quote I hope you find comforting--Life is eternal; and love is immortal; and death is only a horizon; and a horizon is nothing save the limit of our sight.

Hugh McGaughy

Ella Delbruegge

September 18, 2020

Bob was the most outgoing - smart and thoughtful man I known. The Hewitt’s loved his company, always, it seemed he did not leave until he had all the Hewitt’s identified.
Bob and Betty cared about our family, it showed at each of our gatherings .
God be with each to hold your hand through your pain.


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