Obituary: Robert E. Smith
August 26, 2008
Robert E. Smith (Bob), passed away quietly in his sleep, Aug. 12, at his home in Manzanola. He succumbed to pneumonia, following an extended period of physical problems.A celebration of his life is scheduled at 2 p.m. Sept. 4 at Santa Fe Senior Center in Manzanola.He is survived by his wife, Beret, daughter Tina (Scott) Holley, stepdaughters-Natalie (Perry) Brandt, Barbara (John) Elliot, stepsons Eugene-(Karen) Wheatley, Ross (Kathy)Wheatley, nine grandchildren, and fourteen great grandchildren. Two cousins Dave (Barbara) Moewes, and Don (Martha) Moewes also survive. One daughter, Lori Davis, and a step granddaughter preceded him in death.Bob was born Oct.10, 1936, to Homer and Evelyn Smith, in Fort Collins. Most of his young childhood was spent between Grand Lake, and Pierce, where his maternal grandparents and aunt and uncle lived. His father, Homer Smith, was killed in a plane crash when Bob was 12. When his mother, Evelyn, married Louis Yager he moved to Granby, and spent the rest of his young years there. Skiing was one of Bobs passions. He was part of the original Sunrise Slalom on Trail Ridge. Later, he competed, not only in downhill, but in both Slalom and Giant Slalom. As a young adult, he taught skiing, and was a member of the Winter Park Ski Patrol. No matter what other activities he was involved in, he never abandoned or forgot his love of horses. He and his stepfather built the Y-S Arabian Ranch where he rode, trained and bred purebred Arabians. He spent several years as owner/operator of the Phillips 66 Station in Granby, and delivered diesel, winter and summer, in the Grand County area. At the same time, he was President of the Young Republicans of Grand County. After leaving Grand County he was a mortgage broker and later an agent for IOF. From 1979 until 1985, he owned B & B Construction, laying cable in Colorado, Oklahoma, Florida, Arkansas and Virginia. In 1985, he and Beret moved back to Colorado to pursue his life-long love affair with the land and horses. They worked on ranches in southeastern Colorado. After a very serious accident, while feeding cattle, he had to retire. He could no longer ride. He then moved to Manzanola. He so missed riding, but he was blessed with many friends, old and new, and a garden where he could raise tomatoes.His greatest regret he was unable to ride The High Lonesome. Now he can.In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to AV Hospice, 118 W. 4th, La Junta, Colo. 81050.