Roy “Bud” Arnold
Roy “Bud” Arnold Smith, age 88, of Butler, Missouri, died Saturday, March 7, 2020 at Bates County Memorial Hospital in Butler. He was born Veterans Day, November 11, 1931 to Roy Edward and Jennie Louise Haynes Smith in Bates County, Missouri.
Bud grew up on a farm in an area settled by his great-grandparents in what was known as Spruce, in eastern Bates County, along Deepwater Creek where he learned to love hunting, fishing and farming. He attended Fry Grade School, a small one room grade school, and then Butler High School. He left school to join the US Air Force which sent him to a base training in Harlingen, Texas. There he met Mary Frances Harper, and they married September 18, 1953, and they had three children together from this union.
Bud’s military career sent him to a number of places around the globe. He and Mary looked at every move as a new and fun adventure to discover the world. After Harlingen, they moved to Whiteman Air Force Base, Knob Noster, MO in the late 50’s and early 60’s. From there he did a stint in Greenland, then took the family for his favorite adventures to Cold Lake, Alberta, Canada. Bud loved fishing big Northern Pike and hunting Canada Geese during his time in Cold Lake. Next was Lincoln, NE for a couple of years then Eglin AFB, Fort Walton Beach, FL before being called to Camran Bay AB, Vietnam for a one year tour of duty. After returning to Whiteman AFB for several years he was able to be closer to Butler, MO. His final assignment was another big adventure in Anderson AFB, Tumon Bay, Guam, USA. Honorably discharged after a 20- year career he moved back to Butler where he started raising beef cattle and worked for the Butler Police Department. In 2002, Bud and Mary moved to a home they had in Butler, MO.
Bud was work oriented and was a mechanic that could fix about anything. He was always very sharp in mathematical skills which was a big benefit while he ran sheet metal shops during his Air Force career. He enjoyed playing competitive checkers and chess, cards of anytime, but especially Pitch, Pinochle and baseball. Bud and Mary loved square dancing and the many military dances and balls. He loved to fish for big bass everywhere he went, even the jungles of Guam. Bird hunting behind his favorite dog, Duke, was a great pleasure for Bud. During his travels he pheasant hunted in western states, goose and duck hunted in Canada, and had many deer hunting trips to the states of Washington, Colorado and Missouri.
Bud is survived by his wife Mary of Butler, MO; his son Roy Michael Smith with his wife Jo Smith, Eustis, FL; Bud’s two daughters, Dr Judy Lynn Smith with husband Hanry Brinkman (USAF Col. ret.), Sarasota, FL, and Lisa Ann Smith, Leanders, TX. His sister, Louise Clapp, resides in Butler, MO. Bud is survived by six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren: grandson - Jeremy Michael Smith, wife Carrie with two great-grandchildren, Thomas Aaron and Rebecca Claire; granddaughter - Jennifer Chanelle Smith-Woodard, husband Scott Woodard with one greatgrandson, Michael; granddaughter – Shannon Nicole Mammoliti; and granddaughter – Meghan Lauren Mammoliti. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Charles Smith.
Schowengerdt Chapel, Butler, MO will host a viewing for friends and family of Roy’s at 10:30 - 11:30 AM, Wednesday March 11, 2020. Later that afternoon, 2:00 PM, a private grave side funeral will be held for family and friends at the Smith Cemetery, east Bates County, MO. Donations can be gifted to Butler Senior Center, Medicalodge Activity Department or Carpenter’s Cup, Butler Mo. Condolences can be sent to www.schowengerdtchapel.com.