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SEPTEMBER 23, 1949

Robert Kenneth Smith, Jr. son of Robert Kenneth Smith, Sr., and wife, Delia May Smith was born in Arnett, Oklahoma March 31st, 1923 and departed this life September 18th, 1949 at Arnett, Oklahoma.

Robert Kenneth grew up in Arnett, attended the Arnett Public School and always called this home. Leaving Arnett, he worked in Nevada and California, until the second World War when he enlisted in the Armed Forces on December 13, 1941 and was honorably discharged on September 27, 1945, he was a member of Headquarters Battery HDSF, served in Africa, India Burma and China with the rating of Sharpshooter, he was awarded the Asiatic Pacific Medal and Good Conduct Medal, during his service in Burma he was lost in the jungles for 87days , but survived.

Following his discharge from the service he was married to Gwenny Roulands in California in November 1945, to this union was born one daughter, Lennea Rae Smith. He was married to Miss Beverly Brown of Arnett, Oklahoma on August 6th, 1949 at Canadian, Texas.

Survivors include his wife, Beverly; daughter, Lennea Rae, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. R. K. Smith, Sr.; three brothers, Leonard Eugene of near San Francisco, California; Raymond Edward and Charles Melvin of Arnett; two sisters, Mrs. Eunice Lucile Gougler of Tulsa, and Shirley Lorene Smith of Arnett.

In 1947 he was a member of the Herlong, California, amateur state championship baseball team, as catcher for this team he was awarded a gold medal for outstanding sportsmanship and play on the baseball field. He was also a member of the Arnett baseball team at the time of his death.

Besides the immediate members of this family, “Little Bob” as he was affectionately known, is survived by a host of other relatives and friends, this fact is attested to by the large throng of people gathered at the funeral to pay their last respects to a good boy, a loyal friend and a good soldier who had served his Country in a honorable and brave manner.

The funeral services were conducted in the American Legion, Rev. Lynn Matlack gave the funeral sermon.

Full Military Honors were accorded the deceased veteran by members of the Oca J. Collar Post No. 313 of the American Legion at the graveside in DeBolt cemetery.

Obits from old newspapers submitted by: John A. Rider

Transcribed by: Linda Fox - Ellis County Historical Society


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