Obit: Robert Smith


Robert Duane Smith, 86, of Maquoketa, died on Friday, Sept. 7, 2018 at Jackson County Regional Health Center in Maquoketa.

Memorial visitation will be held on Thursday, Sept. 13 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Bentley Funeral Home in Durant.

Memorial services will be held on Friday at 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home.

Inurnment will be at a later date at the Melpine Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Shriner’s Childrens Hospital or the Melpine Cemetery in his memory.

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Robert was born in Muscatine County on June 30, 1932 to Clarence and Catherine (Strabala) Smith.

He married Mary Ann Smull. He later married Jane McClean Grunder on April 17, 1964 in Savannah, Illinois.

Bob worked for Sinclair in Muscatine during his high school years and drove truck for Ruan Trucking. He later sold insurance for Metropolitan Life, Farm Bureau and E. F. Hutton “Pacific Life”.

He served in the United States Navy and Air Force during the Korean War.

He was a member of the Maquoketa American Legion, past president of the Maquoketa Optimist Club and was a member of the Methodist faith. Bob was an avid golfer and enjoyed the time he spent in Texas during the winter.

Bob is survived by his wife Jane of Maquoketa; daughters: Bobbi Kraklio (Murray Freidman) of Bartlett, Illinois, Catherine (Patrick) Clark of Maquoketa and Christina (Randy) Budde of Delmar; sons Bill (Faunus) Grunder of Moscow and Robert Jr. (Norma) Smith of Spokane, Washington; 16 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Raymond “Keith” Smith.