Robert Smillie

robert smillie

Robert S. Smillie, 86, of Fargo, ND, passed away Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at Sheyenne Crossings in West Fargo, ND.

Robert Stanley Smillie was born October 4, 1926 in Carlisle Township, near Hamilton ND to Stanley and Roberta (Menzies) Smillie.  He grew up and attended school in the Hamilton area.

He married Jean Krak in Cavalier ND on March 22, 1948.  They farmed near Hamilton until he retired.  They moved to Fargo in 2004.

He was a lifetime member of the Hamilton Methodist Church.  He belonged to the Masonic Lodge of Hamilton.   He served as Carlisle Township Treasurer for many years.

Survivors include his wife of 65 years, son Robert R. Smillie, Hamilton ND; daughter Kathryn (Ken) Dahl, West Fargo, ND; daughter in law Janna Smillie, Fargo, ND, Grand children; Jennifer (Jimmy) Holmes, Coweta OK; Lucas (Kristin) Smillie, Fargo, ND, Rebekah Smillie, Williston, ND; Christina (Monty) Guthrie, Springfield VA; Chad Dahl, Scottsdale AZ, Great grandchildren; Nicholas Holmes, Emporia KS;  Samantha Holmes, Coweta OK; Tate Smillie, Fargo ND; Connor Guthrie and Alex Guthrie, Springfield VA, Sister; Carol Sparrow, Mesa AZ;  sister in law, Norma Keena, Hillsboro, ND and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Myrtle Kemp.

In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to your charity of choice.

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  1. Ft Myers Beach FloridaWe were saddened to hear of Bob’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers go out to your family.

  2. Jean- I was so sad to hear that Bob had passed away. Please know that I am thinking of you. I send many hugs your way.
    -Kirsten (Jabs) Zachman

  3. Bemidji Mn.Bob and family : So sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. Our thoughts are with you. Landis & Becky Midboe

  4. Cavalier ND
    Jean, Robbie & Kathy & Families So sorry to hear about Bob…Just found out this Saturday morning. I have an idea of how you’re feeling about now…it’s a long road that you must travel now but remembering all the good times & the laughter & smiles will get you through…the angels will also be there helping you daily! You’re in our thoughts.

  5. Lancaster MN
    Jean and family,
    We are sorry to hear of Bob’s passing.
    Mom and Dad so enjoyed their visits with
    you and Bob. Jim always thought that your last name was a nickname for Bob —actually, Smillie is so appropriate. May he rest in peace.

  6. fargo n.d.We would like to extend our deepest sympathy at the loss of your loved one.

    Nels Lande and Harriet Holler

  7. Regent ND
    Bob was a wonderful person and both Dave and I feel very blessed to have had the pleasure to know him. He always made us feel so welcome and we had some memorable moments and laughs when in his company – Our hearts and prayers are with you all and may he be at peace. With love and sympathy. Dave and Denise

  8. Hugo MN
    Kathy and Family,
    We are so saddened to hear of your dad’s passing… May God bless and comfort you and your extended family during this time of sorrow.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Love, Arla and Fred Hummel

  9. Grand Forks ND
    So sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. He was a loved Uncle and Friend. We paln to see you on Saturday.

    Love Stan and Marsha

  10. ypsilanti MichiganThough I didn’t see Bob very much over the years, the times spent there with Jean and Bob for visits were priceless. His humor was a lot like Earl Keena’s, father-in-law, playful and dead serious at the same time! What do you suppose he thought or said when he saw Jesus face to face…am I glad to see you! I love you both Jean and Bob and the family will be in my prayers as Deanna travels to Fargo tomorrow.
    God Bless you,
    love, David

  11. Grand Forks ND
    Jean, Kathy, and Robby,

    I am so sorry to hear about Bob. It’s very sad for me to go back to the farm and have no neighbors around anymore. I am thinking of you and your families.

  12. Just happened to be reading the Fargo Forum online and came across Bob’s obituary. What a wonderful picture of him was used as i then went online to read the obituary. My sympathy to you all. May your memories give you comfort and peace.

  13. Fargo ND
    Thoughts and Prayers with you and your family. Many fond memories from my youth and being up at Hamilton when we would see each other.

  14. Cavalier ND
    My life was sweeter with Uncle Bob! So many memories. He was so very wonderful to my kids and indulgent. I will never forget the night after a school concert when I was visiting with Jean and looked over at Bob and he was showing Anthony, Nicholas and Jaden his movie star foot. Not many men would take off their shoe and sock to do this. They had their little noses right down at his foot. They loved his sticks! I loved getting to eat his wife’s goodies and hearing the stories of Jean and Bobs youths. loved the farm, watching the house go down. All was special because he was part of it! Love you Uncle Bob!

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