Robert Keith Smith

February 22, 1920December 29, 2012

Robert was born in Langsville, Ohio to Giles and Blanche Smith on February 22, 1920. He passed away in Shoreline, WA on December 29, 2012 at the age of 92. Robert served his country during WWII in the Army Air Corps. Following his service he worked primarily as a carpenter in the Marine industry in the Seattle area. He was predeceased by his wife Kathleen Phelan-Smith in 1994. Service for Robert will be on Friday, 1/11/2013, 10:00 am at Acacia Memorial Park, 14951 Bothell Way NE, Seattle, WA 98155.


  • Graveside Service Friday, January 11, 2013

Robert Keith Smith

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Kristin Reif Shi

January 11, 2013

One of the characterists I remember most about Grandpa, was his patience. He would sit in his favorite red chair drinking coffee, or reading the newspaper, while my younger sister, Kara and I would play "beauty parlor" on him. We would put bows, curlers and small ponytails in his hair, often even painting his nails as he slept thru the whole event. Upon his awakening Kara and I would giggle and laugh as he would say "Oh, you girls!"
Grandpa was such a strong man. With his history of being a Lt Col Sargent, flight engineer and a gunnery instructor with The US Air Corps. He also battled the high seas while on a fishing boat in Alaska. But it was maily his love of construction that kept him in great shape.
Grandpa was also gentle and compassionate as he took excellent care of Grandma Kathleen. While taking a break he would play ball with my brother, Kevin, sit down with me and play games or tic tack toe, while I would get to wear his favorite green hat that smelled like him, or walk behind my sister Kara, when she would ride her 'big wheel' up and down the sidewalk.
My entire family would look forward to their visits. I remember sitting down on the street corner for hours being so eager just to get a glimps of their motor home chugging up the street. After their arrival, they would hand out gold covered chocolate coins! When we got a little older, he and Grandma let my brother Kevin live with them at their Queen Anne Hill home. He got Kevin into the construction business, but with Kevin being a typical teenager, Gramdpa would often have to "step on his toes" to keep him in line.
But most of all Gramdpa would teach all of us about family values. "blood is thicker then water, your friends will come and go, but you family will always be with you."
He taught my Mom, sister and I to be ready for anything, and to keep a little "mad money hidden in our pockets or purse, just in case we needed to a taxi" or if our dates were not going as well as planned.
We all loved and respected Grandpa! He was a great man, and I hope he has a great time in heaven meeting up with Grandma, Their dog Katrinka and his other friends and family! I will always love you Grandpa! Thank you for being such a huge part of my life!

Terry Lee (Smith) Strand

January 10, 2013

As a child, I thought that Uncle Robert was the handsomest man alive. Whenever he came to Oregon to visit Grandpa and Grandma Smith, the whole family was so happy to see him. In later years after our father, his brother Leland, had passed away, he was very kind and thoughtful to our Mother. He called her every week and would drive his motor home with his two precious Maltese dogs to Oregon and prepare dinner for Mom and Aunt Mary Margaret. I am so sorry that we were not able to see him these last few years. He was an important part of our family.

Don Reif

January 10, 2013

I remember My father-in-law as Bob or Grandfather Bob. He was a hard working, smart, kind, and patient man. Looking after Grandmother Kathleen and playing with his grandchildren. Bob will be remembered as a good man and I am looking forward to seeing him with GOD in Heaven.

Nancy Hauge

January 7, 2013

I knew him as Uncle Robert. The family always looked forward to his visits to Salem at Grandpa & Grandma Smith's in earlier years. He was very special in my heart and I am sad to hear of his passing. When he came to visit in later years he often prepared a great meal to share with us in his motor home. I will miss him.

Jo (Phelan) Shaw

January 6, 2013

Uncle Bob with Aunt Kathleen would arrive for a Christmas dinner and everyone dressed up for the occasion. I was only 8 yrs old but remember like yesterday them arriving and feeling very special around Uncle Bob. He always enjoyed being around us youngsters. I'm sure that there must have been some great stories we told him that he went home chuckling about.

Kenny Phelan

January 5, 2013

I remember Uncle Bob as a good, quiet man. During 1961 I lived with Auntie Kathleen and Bob for 4 months, each Saturday night we loaded into the old Caddie and drove to a fish restaurant for dinner.