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.