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Donald E. Smith, age 97, of Bluffton, passed away Friday, August 30, 2019 at 4:10 am. He graduated from Huntington High School in 1941, and served in the US Army in WWII in the European Theatre as a commander in the 777 Tank Battalion. He was an industrial electrician, retiring in 1985 from Zimmer, a division of Bristol Myers in Warsaw. While in Huntington he was employed by Memcor. He was a lifelong member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Huntington, where he was a member of the Holy Name Society, and was a member of the American Legion. He was a talented woodworker, designing and building his own home, and recently participated in an art show highlighting his variety of wood creations.
Donald was born January 27, 1922, in Huntington, a son of Ray and Dessie (Goodmiller) Smith. On October 2, 1948, he married his beloved wife of 70 years Mary Lou Bowers at St. Marys Catholic Church. His wife survives in Bluffton. Also surviving are 2 sons Larry (Paula) Smith of Huntertown, and Michael (Patty) Smith of Indianapolis, a daughter Lynn (Randy)Worch of Warren, 5 grandchildren Sky (Christian) Fuller of New Berlin, Wisconsin, Jordan Nordvik of Fort Wayne, Arin (Greg) Grissam of Reading, Michigan, Cody Worch of Warren and Tim Smith of Indianapolis, and 6 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son Sam Smith, sisters Esteleen Pettigrew, Edith Pinkerton, Eileen Sands, and Catherine Hiple, and brothers Fred Smith, Clarence Smith and Arthur Smith.
Visitation will be held Monday, September 2, from 6-8 pm at Deal-Rice Funeral Home- Huntington Chapel with a Rosery recitation at 8:00 pm, and Tuesday, September 3 from 9-10 am preceding the 10:00 am funeral mass at St Mary’s Catholic Church, 903 N. Jefferson St., Huntington. Father Steven Colchin will officiate. Burial will follow in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, with graveside honors presented by VFW Post #2689.
Preferred memorials are to St. Mary’s Catholic Church c/o Deal-Rice Funeral Home, 338 E. Washington St., Huntington, IN 46750.