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Robert and Pamela Smith

Robert and Pamela Smith Robert Winston Smith “Bobby” was born on the 11th of July 1939 in Foxworth MS and died on the 8th of September 2020 in Manhattan, KS; he was the son of Robert Lamar Smith and Mabel Elaine Scarborough. Robert graduated from Columbia High School in Columbia, MS in 1957. He attended the University of Southern Mississippi until he enlisted in the Army in 1958 and served honorably for 3 years.

While stationed at Fort Riley, KS he met his first wife Mary Calvert. In 1961, they were married in Manhattan, KS. Robert attended Kansas State University; he graduated in 1964 with a BS in secondary education. He later received his Master’s Degree in Educational Administration also from Kansas State University.

Following graduation, Robert taught for two years at Abilene High School in USD 435 and later was the Vice Principal at Hutchinson High School in USD 308. Returning to Manhattan in 1968, Robert worked for Housing and Dining at Kansas State University for 5 years.

Robert was an avid barbed wire collector; he and his good friend Wayne Griffin spent many happy hours walking farm land throughout North East Kansas in search of a piece of good wire.

In 1973, Robert was elected to the first of three terms as a Manhattan City Commissioner. Robert also served as Chair of the Riley County Law Board.

Robert and Mary later divorced.

In 1978, Robert married Pamela D Welch in Manhattan, KS. Following their marriage Robert became the Principal of Uniontown High School, in Uniontown KS. Robert then worked for USD 313 in Buhler Kansas and served as the Superintendent of Schools until his retirement in 1997.

Following retirement Robert and Pam returned to Manhattan. Robert was active in community service, he volunteered his time at Shepherd's Crossing, he served on the Social Services Advisory Board, (SSAB) and served on the Board of the Flint Hills Area Transportation Agency.

Robert belonged to the American Legion, VFW, the Antique Barbed Wire Society, and was a member of St Paul's Episcopal Church.

Pamela Dee Welch, 73 passed away on September 20, 2021 at her home. She was born September 24, 1947 in Omaha, NE to Raymond and Evelyn Welch.

She married Robert W Smith on July 22, 1978 at the All Faiths Chapel in Manhattan, KS he preceded her in death in 2020. Also, Pam was preceded in death by her parents Raymond and Evelyn Welch and a twin sister who died shortly after birth.

Robert and Pamela are survived by their children, Anne Smith, Catherine Childs, Stephanie Kerr (David) and Chad (Julie) Stein; six grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Pam has a sister Melody (Dave) Hiatt of Omaha, NE and a brother Dennis (Melanie) Welch of Council Bluffs, IA and several nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of life will be at Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Chapel on Saturday, November 13, 2021 at 10:00a.m. Inurnment will follow in the Sunrise Cemetery in Manhattan.

The Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502, is assisting the family with the funeral arrangements.

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