Longtime Woodward rancher, Robert "Bob" Ash Smith, passed from this life March 1, 2009 at the age of 90. Bob was born and raised on the ? Circle Bar Ranch in Harper County. He was one of four boys born to W.R. "Dick" and Snow (Covalt) Smith.
Bob attended first through eighth grades at Pickett School and high school at Fort Supply graduating with the class of 1936.
Bob was married to Joy Aileen Gilpin on April 14, 1952. From this union two sons were born, Kevan and Kedron. They joined their other brother and sister, Jim and Toni. He was always a loving father and good provider for his family.
Bob was a life long rancher and took pleasure in taking care of his cattle. He worked at the Woodward Sale Barn answering phones on sale days, and even when not working, liked just spending time there with other cattlemen in the ring. In his leisure time Bob enjoyed sitting down with a good crossword puzzle. He was a member of the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association and also served on the Fort Supply School Board for a time.
Bob was baptized into the Christian faith in his early teen years. He was a member of the First Christian Church and served as a Deacon.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Dick and Snow Smith; by son, Kedron Seyward; and brothers, James, Cecil, and Bill Smith.
Remaining survivors are children, Toni Burgess and husband Kenton of Shattuck, OK, James D. Smith of Peoria, AZ, and Kevan Smith and wife Kaylon of Woodward, OK; grandchildren, LaDena and Kevin Eads, Vance and Jessica Smith, Kassie Smith, April and Carl Scott, Shannon and Bryan Shoaf, Claudia and Heston Wright, Amanda and George Squire, Jacie and Taylor Upchurch, Sheri and Todd Harris; and twenty great-grandchildren, several nieces, nephews and special friend, Debbie Kornele of Buffalo, OK, also a host of friends and relatives.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Newman Memorial Hospital Building Fund.
Memorial services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, March 5, 2009 in the First United Methodist Church, Shattuck, OK. Services arranged by Shaw Funeral Home, Shattuck, OK. Condolences may be made at shawfuneralhome.net