Robert “Bob” L. Smith

Robert “Bob” L. Smith, 48, of Leavenworth, died Tuesday, June 7, 2011, at the University of Kansas Hospital after being diagnosed with cancer a short time ago.

Robert “Bob” L. Smith

He was born Robert Lushen Smith on March 17, 1963, in St. Louis, Mo., the son of Lushen Lee and Effie Lucille (Shirley) Smith.

Bob served in the U.S. Army in the 205th Military Police Company. On Feb. 1, 1985, Bob joined the Leavenworth Police Department as a patrolman. Throughout his career at the police department he worked in most of the divisions of the department and was promoted several times. In 1989, he was promoted to detective, to sergeant in 1990, to lieutenant in 2004 and to deputy chief in 2008. In 1995 as a police sergeant he was instrumental in forming the first formal traffic unit. He had extensive training in accident investigation, accident reconstruction, occupancy protection and could be called on as an expert witness. Bob was a graduate of the 230th class of the FBI National Academy. He earned a bachelor of science degree in management, organization and leadership from MidAmerica Nazarene University.

On Aug. 7, 1982, he married Marcelle Cappel. From this marriage two daughters and one granddaughter survive; daughters, Samantha Smith and Amanda Smith and granddaughter, Allika Wolfe all of Leavenworth. On Nov. 21, 1991, he married, Elizabeth Williamson. From this marriage two daughters survive, Alison Pendley of Roeland Park, Kan. and Amy Smith of the home. He is also survived by a brother, Clarence “CJ” and wife LaDonna Cooper of Jonesboro, Ark.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents and a infant brother, Timothy Smith.

He will lie in repose at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home and friends may call from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, June 12, 2011. A funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home. He will be transported to Cave City, Ark. Viewing will begin 2 p.m. Tuesday at Qualls Funeral Home with a funeral service at 3 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Maxville Cemetery near Cave City. Memorials are suggested to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund,