Robert E. (Bob) Smith passed away quietly in his sleep Aug. 12, 2008, at his home in Manzanola, Colo. He succumbed to pneumonia following an extended period of physical problems.

He is survived by his wife, Beret, daughter Christine (Scott) Holley; stepdaughters Natalie (Perry) Brandt, Barbara (John) Elliot; stepsons Eugene (Karen) Wheatley, Ross (Kathy) Wheatley, thirteen grandchildren and fifteen great-grandchildren. Two cousins, Dave (Barbara) Moewes and Don (Martha) Moewes also survive. One daughter, Lori Davis and a step-granddaughter preceded him in death.

Bob was born Oct. 10, 1936, to Homer and Evelyn Smith at the Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins, Colo. Most of his young childhood was spent between Grand Lake and Pierce, Colo. where his maternal grandparents and aunt and uncle lived. His father, Homer Smith, was killed in a plane crash when Bob was 12. When his mother, Evelyn, remarried he moved to Granby and spent the rest of his young years there.

Skiing was one of Bob’s passions. He was part of the original Sunrise Slalom on Trail Ridge and participated in it from the inception. Later, he competed not only in downhill skiing, but also in both the slalom and the giant slalom. As a young adult, he taught skiing and was a member of the Winter Park Ski Patrol.

No matter what other activities he was involved in, he never abandoned or forgot his love of horses. He and his stepfather built the Y-S Arabian Ranch where he always rode, trained and bred purebred Arabians and entered in many Arabian Horse Shows.

He spent several years as an independent owner/operator of the Phillips 66 Station in Granby, where he delivered diesel winter and summer in the Grand County area. At the same time he was president of the Young Republicans of Grand County. He started his own Mortgage Banking Business and was an agent for The Independent Order of Foresters. From 1979 until 1985 he owned B & B Construction, laying TV and telephone cable in Colorado, Oklahoma, Florida, Arizona and Virginia. In 1985 he and Beret moved back to Colo. to pursue his life long love affair with the land and horses. They worked in Colorado City, Branson, Boone and Arlington.

After a very serious accident, while feeding cattle, he was forced to retire. He could no longer ride, so he then moved to Manzanola. He so missed riding, but he was blessed with many friends, old and new, and a garden where he could raise tomatoes!

One of his great regrets – he was unable to ride The High Lonesome. Now he can

A memorial/celebration of life is to be held Sept. 4, 2008, at 2:00 p.m. at the Santa Fe Senior Center (former Railroad Station) in Manzanola. Chaplain Ann Richards of Ark Valley Hospice will officiate at the services. A time of remembrance and a social time will follow the memorial services. All who would care to are invited to share one of their memories of Bob and their times spent with him.

Arrangements are through the Griffy Family Funeral Home in Fowler.