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Robert Smith

Thursday, May 8, 2003

Dr. Robert B. Smith, 89, of Grandville, Mich., formerly of Cherokee Village, died April 9, 2003.

Born Oct. 16, 1913, in Andong, Korea, He was the son of medical missionaries, Roy K. and Lura M. Smith.

While living in Cherokee Village he was was active in Spring River Gem and Mineral Club and volunteered his services at the hospital in Cherokee Village.

He was a member of Eastminster Presbyterian Church in Grand Rapids, and Spring River Presbyterian Church in Arkansas. Dr. Smith served as an Army physician in Europe during World War II and practiced internal medicine for 35 years in Grand Rapids. He was an expert in Japanese and Korean stamps, an enthusiastic rock hound and silversmith. He was a member of the Kiwanis and began an indulgence of an artistic streak doing fine needlework and painting that continued for the rest of his life.

He was a beloved father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

Survivors include his son and daughter -- Stephen M. Smith and Sherrill L. Smith; his grandson and granddaughter, Kevin M. Smith and Katherine L. Smith; his great-grandson and great-granddaughter, Trevor Houk and Jessalyn Houk; his brother, Albert M. Smith and sister-in-law, Mary Smith.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Elaine M. Smith, whom he married on Sept. 25, 1941, and who preceded him in death in 1984; and two brothers -- Kenneth and Rodger Smith.

Cremation has taken place and there will be a private memorial service.

Those planning an expression of sympathy may consider the American Diabetes Association or the charity of their choice.