The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

October 16, 2013

Donald Smith

The Commercial-News

---- — Donald Smith, 79, of Danville, passed away Monday, Oct. 14, 2013, at Presence United Samaritans Medical Center in Danville.

He was born March 23, 1934, in Hoopeston, the son of Paul and Rachael (Long) Smith.

He married Mary Bernard on June 12, 1957, in Danville. She survives.

Surviving him are two sons, Donald Smith of Loxa, Ill., and Scott Smith of Bement, Ill.; one daughter, Cheri (David) Wysong of Pana, Ill.; one sister, Carol Sheets of Danville; nine grandchildren, Taysha Smith, Nichole (Jairo) Ocampo, Jessica Smith, Brian Smith, Jordan (Stephanie) Wysong, Hannah Wysong, Taylor Smith, Elaina Smith and Audrey Smith; and three great-grandchildren, Teresa Partain, Jayde Partain and Grace Crawley.

Donald was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Stanley Smith.

He was a graduate of Danville High School before entering the United States Army, where he served from 1956-1958. Don started working at the local grocery until eventually owning it. He also was a field service engineer for the Pitney Bowes Co. for 25 years before retiring in 1995.

He was a member of the Anchor Lodge 980, Gao Grotto, Scottish Rite of Danville, and was a three-time past president of the Barbershop Quartet Chapter SPEBSQSA. Donald was a member of Cornerstone Christian Church and loved to go fishing, ride motorcycles, boating, camping, traveling and was always fixing the unfixable.

A celebration of Donald’s Life will begin at 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 21, at Cornerstone Christian Church with Pastor Kevin Cox officiating. A visitation will be 2-5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20, at Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center, A Life Celebration Home, in Danville. Entombment will take place at Sunset Memorial Park. Masonic Rites will take place at 2 p.m. Sunday at the start of visitation and military rites will be performed Monday at the cemetery by American Legion Post 210.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made in Donald’s name to the Gao Grotto, Cornerstone Christian Church or Mercy Ships. Please join Donald’s family in sharing photos, videos and memories of him through his tribute wall at



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