Robert Smetana


October 23, 1926 - September 30, 2017


Robert Smetana, age 90, of Alexandria, SD died Saturday, September 30, 2017 at Avera Brady Health and Rehabilitation Center. Funeral services will be 10:30 AM Friday, October 6, at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church with burial at Fulton Graceland Cemetery. 

Robert Smetana was born October 23, 1926 to Joseph and Agnes (Lavitka) Smetana at Lansford, ND. His parents came to this country from Bohiemia (Czech Republic) in 1909 and resided in Lansford, ND. Robert is the last of this generation of 14 brothers and sisters.

Robert married Ruthmary (Urton) in 1950 at Lansford, ND and moved to Fulton, SD in 1957, which became their home. Ruthmary was remembered for her beautiful singing. In 1991 Robert built a home north of Alexandria.

Robert’s greatest ambition, besides his family and friends, was farming and caring for God’s soil for generations to come.

He was Mayor of Fulton for 15 years and brought many changes for the town. He was a member of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church for 40 years where he served as a licensed layman, Chalice bearer, served on the Vestry and was the chairman of the Shrove Pancake and sausage event for 20 years.

Robert is survived by his companion, Jean King, Mitchell, SD; son, Robert J. Smetana and wife Christine of Radnor, PA; daughter Barbara J. Smetana of Kennewick, WA; many nieces and nephews, step son William King and wife Sandy of Buffalo, NY.

Preceded in death by his wife Ruthmary in January 1977, brother Nicolas Smetana and sister Helen Mary Schultz.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Abbott House in Mitchell.








None Scheduled


Friday, October 6, 2017
10:30 AM
St. Mary's Episcopal Church
214 W 3rd Ave
Mitchell, SD 57301


Fulton Graceland Cemetery
Fulton, South Dakota

Posted by Virginia Wishard Lambert on October 6, 2017
Bob was one of the first people I met when I started working at Abbott House nearly 8 years ago. I think initially he came to "make sure I was ok", but through the years of conversations with him he became someone who provided good, solid advice. He touched many lives in many different ways. I will miss his spirit and his smile. Prayers to all of you.
Posted by Sandy (Goddard) Boomgaarden on October 4, 2017
I grew up on a farm just a ways from Smetana Home in Fulton. Went to school with Bobby and Barbara. Always enjoyed the family would like to get in touch with them. Sorry for their loss.
Posted by Eric Klooz on October 4, 2017
I met Bob 13 years ago when I moved here to Abbott House. He stopped by regularly to have some coffee and "see how I was doing". His support meant a lot to me in my first Executive job and he never quit stopping by. No matter what the Agency or I were facing he always had a positive outlook and reassurance. I will miss him greatly.
Posted by Barbara Cunningham Opp on October 3, 2017
Bob was always ready to serve in any capacity at St.
Mary's. He was always a true gentleman. I remember him overseeing the pancake supper every year. He and Ruth Mary deserved st Mary's well, Ruth mary and her beautiful voice: I was lucky enough to be be able to accompany her on the organ or piano. My prayers are with Bob's family. He will be missed at St Mary's.
Posted by Jackie (Clark) Christiansen on October 2, 2017
I will always remember Bob and the AWESOME wine he used to make. St. Mary's used to use it in communion. I was going to buy a gallon of rhubarb wine from him, and he just gave me a gallon instead. A very friendly and gentle man. He will be missed. Condolences to the family at this time and always.
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