Robert Louis "Smitty" Smith, 75, of Wolf Point, Mont., passed away Monday, Aug. 11, 2014, at the Valley View Home in Glasgow, Mont.
He was born on Oct. 2, 1938, in Poplar, Mont., to Charles and Emma Smith. He grew up in Oswego, attending Frazer schools until 11th grade. He was active in all sports throughout his high school years, and made many lifelong friends. He was drafted into the military in June of 1962. He was a specialist in the U.S. Army Military Police with top secret clearance stationed at Dugway Proving Ground outside of Salt Lake City, Utah.
He was highly educated and knowledgeable about a variety of topics. He obtained a bachelor of science degree in physical education K-12 from Northern Montana College in Havre.
On Jan. 18, 1973, he married Victoria Louise Smith. They were married for 31 years until her passing on July 27, 2004.
He was an avid pool player, horseshoe thrower, and basketball star. He spent his younger days throwing bales for Lionel Flynn, and was employed with the Corps of Engineers, Tribal Police Dept., A&S Industries, Commodity Food Program, Fort Peck Tribes-Senior Citizens Meal Delivery and the Wolf Point Head Start.
He enjoyed his family, and most of all loved the Lord. He was a member of the 1st Baptist Church of Wolf Point for 15 years. He was a faithful servant for prayer, sic, and whatever else he could do to help. People who met Robert were overwhelmed by his generosity and his peaceful heart. He truly loved the Lord and would gladly give his last five dollar bill to anyone who asked. He was humorous and sincere and quite the visitor. He was a nurturing father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He was very proud of his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, and most recently had spoken with pride about all his grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Victoria Louise; parents, Charles and Emma Smith; brothers, Charles Smith, Leonard Smith (Lucille and Jane), and Frank Smith; sisters, Maizie Smith, Rosemary (Jim) Lamb, Lilian (Gene) Hertz, and Pearl (Clarence) MacDonald; nephews, Richard Smith and Horace Pipe; three great-nephews, Robert MacDonald, Leo Saddleback, and Jeremiah Pipe; and one great-niece, Samantha Kirn.
Survivors include a daughter, Ceceilia Solberg, and her husband, Greg, and their children, Malia and her husband, Ty; Cassandra and her husband, Dusan, Elizabeth and her husband, Gerald, Alexander and his wife, Tiffany, and Aubreigh and her husband, Jeff; a son, Lee Vandall, and his wife, Sharri, and their children, Daniel, Brittney and her husband, George, Hannah, and Ireland; a daughter, Loretta Wozniak, and her husband, Jeff, and their children, Gabrielle, Savannah, and Victoria; a sister, Janice Collins, of Wolf Point; a brother, Michael Smith, of Colorado; and 10 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews, and great-nieces and -nephews, all whom he loved and had a special place in his heart for, especially the little ones.
A wake was held 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 15, and funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, all at the Community Hall in Wolf Point, followed by interment at the Greenwood Cemetery in Wolf Point.
Clayton Stevenson Memorial Chapel of Wolf Point was entrusted with the arrangements.