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Donald Smith
May 14, 1927 - February 3, 2021

Donald Smith, 93, of Oelwein passed away Wednesday February 3, 2021 at Arlington Place Assisted Living in Oelwein.  Private family graveside service will be in Woodlawn Cemetery at Oelwein with Carol Hamilton officiating.  A memorial fund has been established and will be directed towards Alzheimer’s Research.

Donald William Smith was born in Oelwein on May 14, 1927 to parents Ferd and Mauna Smith.  He graduated from Oelwein High School with the class of 1945.  He then served his country honorably in the United States Navy during WWII.  In June of 1950 he was united in marriage with Verna Howell and they had two children.  Verna passed away in 1990.  Donald was a Tool & Die Maker and had been employed with Oelwein Tool & Die and Bachman Tool & Die.  He had also worked part-time with Paul Niemann Construction.  Donald was member of the American Legion.

Donald put his heart and soul into his job and family.  He enjoyed spending time with his two children and their families and friends at his cabin on the Mississippi.  In his younger years he enjoyed building projects including his cabin he built with his son, his pontoon houseboat, two houses, two pool tables and doll houses and toy boxes for his grandchildren; as well as various other projects.  In later years he enjoyed outings, going to the Coliseum, and going to the park with his great-grandchildren and puppies.  He also enjoyed going for drives (Dairy Queen being his favorite destination), playing cards, Jenga and Yahtzee, lovingly harassing the Arlington Place staff, and watching the birds and deer outside his window.

Left to celebrate Donald’s life are his children: Gary (Mary) Smith of Oelwein and Kathi (Bruce) Behrens of Oelwein; his granddaughter Brooke (Jacob) Dudley of Oelwein; his great-grandchildren: Lainey, Brynley, Hudsyn and Mavrick of Oelwein; his sister Jean Smith of Albuquerque, NM; his brother Jim Smith of Indiana; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Verna; three brothers and four sisters.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Cedar Valley Hospice for their amazing care, kindness and compassion given to Donald and his family.  They would also like to thank the Arlington Place staff that cared for and loved their Dad.

 

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Anonymous on February 14, 2021 at 4:56 PM said:

Gary and Kathi, very sorry for your loss.
Colleen Roling Brownworth on February 12, 2021 at 3:34 PM said:

Kathi/Bruce, Gary/Mary ~ I always loved coming over to your home Kathi and always enjoyed your Dad & Mom ~ both outstanding parents. I am so sorry to hear about your Dad's passing and am so glad that we were able to talk on the phone. Our friendship will last forever. Take care & call me anytime, I miss our friendship when I lived in Oelwein. And enjoy so much that we have kept in such close contact over the years. Hugs to you all.
Leon Skubinna on February 11, 2021 at 11:14 AM said:

My condolences to family. I graduated with Don class 1945 but lost contact after that. Best to family.
Chuck and Connie Serra on February 11, 2021 at 9:20 AM said:

Our deepest sympathies to the families of Don Smith. He will be missed by his devoted family. RIP
Alan and Karen Spragg on February 9, 2021 at 2:26 PM said:

Gary and Mary, Kathi and Bruce, so sorry for your loss. Our deepest sympathy, thoughts, and prayers to you and your families.
Sheryl Gosse on February 9, 2021 at 8:33 AM said:

Kathi/Bruce, Gary/Mary:Sorry for your loss, your dad is your angel in heaven, still with you daily. Cherish your memories, glad you could be with him. Glad you was a close family, be close always. Know all your friends & family are here for you.
Haylee on February 8, 2021 at 7:53 PM said:

Don loved being able to hold Maddie when I brought her home from the hospital and loved our conversation out on the porch! Going to miss him, I’m sure Molly (late pup that passed before him) and Don are up there just having a ball playing fetch now with her squeaky toys!! My condolences to Linda Smith and the rest of the family.
Jim & Leann Mazziotti on February 8, 2021 at 6:55 PM said:

Kathi,
Please accept our deepest sympathies with the passing of your dad. Losing a parent leaves an empty place in our hearts. May God’s love and mercy comfort you and all your family during this time of your loss. You remain in our thoughts and prayers.
Gary and Betsy Sickels on February 8, 2021 at 5:15 PM said:

So sorry Kathy and Gary , Smitty as i always called him was a great guy . When i was a small child i spent a lot of time at your place and Smitty and Verna always made me feel like part of the family . Don liked making his own beer in the back of the house and always had watermelons for us kids . I latter in life worked with Don at Iowa Portable Mill And much later at Bachmans . He will be very much missed by all that knew him . Rest In Piece Smitty your pain is over buddy .
Kathy Quam on February 8, 2021 at 4:54 PM said:

Kathi and Gary, I am so sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. His pain is over and he is at peace. Sending hugs, Kathi
Jerry and Becky Mundt on February 8, 2021 at 3:13 PM said:

Our sympathy for your family in this difficult time.
Anonymous on February 8, 2021 at 3:02 PM said:

I’m so sorry for your loss Gary. I know how much he cared for you.
Anonymous on February 8, 2021 at 3:01 PM said:

I’m so sorry for your loss Gary. I know how much he cared for you.
Mike Bates on February 8, 2021 at 2:41 PM said:

Gary & Mary, Kathi & Bruce, I am sorry to hear of your dads passing. I know he is in a better place. I can remember him back in the day. Peace and Prayers.
Ron and Jeaneane Luckeroth on February 8, 2021 at 2:07 PM said:

Our sympathy, sorry for your loss.
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