Robert J. (Smitty) Smith

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Robert J. (Smitty) Smith, 79, of Monona, died Saturday morning, Oct. 8, at Winneshiek Medical Center, Decorah, Iowa from complications of diabetes. 



Robert was born in Monona on Aug. 4, 1937. He was the son of Carl and Marie (Roffman) Smith. Smitty received his education in the public schools in Monona, graduating with the class of 1955. 


On Aug. 16, 1964, he was united in marriage to Marlys Hackbarth at the United Methodist Church in Iowa Falls. Smitty started working in what would become Smitty’s Oil and Tire at the age of 12. On Aug. 1, 1966, he purchased the business. 

For forty years Smitty operated Smitty’s Oil and Tire, serving the people of Monona and surrounding communities. He was a member of the Monona Fire Department from February of 1959 until October of 1987. He served as fire chief from 1985, until he retired in 1987. He also served a few years on the Monona City Council and the Clayton Masonic Lodge #70 where he was instrumental in starting the Masonic Scholarship for the MFL MarMac School. 

He is survived by his wife, Marlys (Hackbarth) Smith; a son, David (Anna Mae) Smith, of Monona; a daughter, Nancy (Arthur) Wagner, of Castalia; four grandchildren, Tyler Wagner, Grant Wagner, Isaac Wagner and Ashley Smith. He was preceded in death by his parents. 

Visitation was held Tuesday, Oct. 11, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Leonard-Grau Funeral Home, Monona, and one hour before services at the church on Wednesday. Funeral Services were held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 12, at Living Faith United Methodist Parish in Monona, with Rev. Lewis Flanigan as the Officiant. Interment followed at the Monona Cemetery, Monona. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Smitty’s honor may be made to the Monona Fire Department and/or the MFL Ambulance Service. Leonard-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service, in Monona, is helping the family with the arrangements.

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