Robert Keith Smith (Rk / Bob)1933 ~ 2012St. George, UtahRobert Keith Smith, 78, passed away peacefully at home in his sleep on January 6, 2012 after a long battle with lung disease. He is survived by his wife, Judy, 6 children, 29 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and his sister Lela Lockhart of Delta, CO.He was born June 10, 1933 to Robert James Smith & Marguerite Sprott Smith in Grand Junction, CO. He married Judith Ann Merritt June 25, 1977 in Clinton, NJ.Bob graduated from Lehi High School in 1951. Following graduation, he attended the University of Utah, majoring in business. He married the former Janet Nielsen of American Fork in 1954; they were later divorced. He has six married children, Robert Howard (Asena), Spanish Fork; Richard Kim (Cathy), Alpine; Kerry Nielsen (Tamyra), Los Alamos, NM; Kevin J (Charyce), Farr West; Nanette Clark (Joe), Pleasant Grove; and Jennifer Boyer (Tony), Pleasant Grove.Bob loved woodworking. He developed his woodworking skills in the shop class at Lehi High School and has used those skills along with the knowledge acquired in his dad's hardware store his entire life. He always said, "if it's made of wood, I can fix it".In 1954, Bob started his first custom furniture business, The Peasant Shoppe, in Salt Lake City. In 1957, he began his career with Mountain Bell, working in Commercial Sales in Salt Lake City. His career with the phone company took him to Provo and Price Utah, Denver Colorado and in 1976 Bob accepted a promotion to District Manager in Comptroller's office in New Jersey with AT&T. Bob returned to Denver in 1978 and remained in the Comptrollers Department until his retirement from US WEST in 1985.In 1988, Bob and Judy relocated to Kansas City, Missouri when Judy was transferred with her employer, Sprint. They returned to Denver in 1991 and moved to the Western Slope of Colorado (Montrose) in 1996. They finally settled in St. George Utah in October 2000 where Bob continued to work with wood and also found time for flyfishing and golf.Bob's love, his kindness and generosity are evident by the furniture he built and the work he has done for his friends across the country. He also did wood carving and has created many beautiful pieces. He found all woodworking to be relaxing and therapeutic. On behalf of the family, we would like to thank the special caregivers with Dixie Hospice and Dr. Scott Parkinson for their loving care and kindness. They made his last days so much more comfortable. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to The Foundation of Dixie Regional Medical Center.A memorial service will be held Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at the Metcalf Mortuary Chapel, 288 West St. George Blvd., St. George, Utah. Interment will take place at a later date in Grand Junction, Colorado. Arrangements entrusted to the care of Metcalf Mortuary, (435) 673-4221. Please visit our website at for condolences, complete obituary and funeral listings.