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Robert Vernon Smith

August 31, 1949 ~ May 28, 2017 (age 67)

Robert’s life began on August 31, 1949, the son of Robert Lloyd and Eleanor Irene (Harms) Smith in Newton, Kansas. He graduated from Remington High School in 1967 and attended Wichita State University and Butler Community College. He served his country in the US Army during the Vietnam Era and married Mary “Linda” Howard on March 15, 1970, in El Dorado. “Big Rob” worked on the assembly line at Cessna and Boeing Aircraft. He was a cook at Bob & Bill’s and Casey Jones’ Restaurants and retired as a drug and alcohol counselor. “Big Rob” loved watching nascar, wrestling, sports especially the Chiefs and Jayhawks. He also enjoyed whatever his great-granddaughter made in school.

His loving family includes his wife of 47 years, Linda; children, Rob Smith, John (Suzanne) Smith and Paula Smith all of El Dorado; brothers, Rick (Debbie) Smith of El Dorado, J.B. (Robin) Smith of Potwin, and Jim (Judy) Smith of El Dorado; 10 grandchildren, Nicole, Jacob and Kyle Smith, Sheridan, Jayden, Zach and Laykin Herrman, Jewel Bozeman, Joshua and Jordin Thomas; 1 great-granddaughter, Paisley Herrman; and his beloved dog, Sugar G.

Robert was preceded in death by his parents, and a sister, Sandy Jackson. Robert passed away, Sunday, May 28, 2017, having reached the age of 67 years old.

His memorial service will be held Wednesday, June 7, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. in the Kirby-Morris Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Gratt Howard officiating.

Memorial contributions in his name may be directed to American Diabetes Association, 608 W. Douglas, Suite 100, Wichita, KS 67203 or to Kirby-Morris Funeral Home to help the family with funeral expenses. Please sign his online guestbook and leave a memory of “Big Rob” at

Charitable donations may be made to:

American Diabetes Association
608 W. Douglas STE #100, Wichita KS 67203
Tel: 1-316-684-6091

Kirby-Morris Funeral Home
224 W. Ash, El Dorado KS 67042
Tel: 1-316-321-2260

 Service Information

June 7, 2017

10:30 AM to TBD
Kirby - Morris Funeral Home
224 W Ash
El Dorado, KS 67042

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