DON SMITH

The Oakdale Leader - - NEWS -

March 25, 1930 – July 26, 2018

Don­ald Robert Smith passed away peace­fully at his res­i­dence in Wester­ville, OH July 26, 2018.

Pre­ceded in death by his par­ents Arthur Smith and Hazel Greene, sis­ter Ruth J. Schaefer, wife Bessie K. Smith, daugh­ter Paula (Smith) File, and Rita (Babka) Smith, mother of his chil­dren.

Don is sur­vived by his chil­dren, Mark Smith (Pam) Hil­liard, OH; Claudia Smith Lan­thorn (Cliff) Delaware, OH; Dei­dra Smith Headlee (Mark) Sun­bury, OH; Grand­chil­dren Stephanie Lan­thorn Grieshop (Mike) Lewis Cen­ter, OH; Kyle Smith Denver, CO, Danielle File Durham, NC; Kait­lyn Schwartz Moos (Tony) Lan­caster, OH; Ti­mothy File, Seat­tle, WA; Great grand­chil­dren Wil­liam Grieshop, Ju­liana Grieshop. Don is also sur­vived by Bessie’s daugh­ters Kathy, Deb­bie, Sherry, Karen, grand­chil­dren and great grand­chil­dren. Don was born on March 25, 1930 in Chardon, OH. He grad­u­ated from The Ohio State Univer­sity in Aero­nau­ti­cal En­gi­neer­ing. He is a Vet­eran of the US Air Force and served as a pi­lot in the Korean War. Af­ter serv­ing in the Korean War he worked for North Amer­i­can Rock­well and set­tled in Wester­ville, OH. He was the owner of Rofini’s Pizza and Do-Jo Donuts in Wester­ville as well as Nita-Kay Bak­ery in Ga­hanna. He then re-en­tered into En­gi­neer­ing with Grum­man Flx­i­ble in Delaware, OH. In 1978 he ven­tured to Seat­tle to con­tinue his work in Elec­tri­cal and Me­chan­i­cal En­gi­neer­ing. He then moved to Oak­dale, CA and be­came a VP of Mar­ket­ing for Lift-U In­cor­po­rated a divi­sion of Hogan Man­u­fac­tur­ing lo­cated in Escalon, CA. He was in­stru­men­tal in de­vel­op­ing the wheel­chair lift for tran­sit busses, re­tir­ing in 1993. He re­turned home to Wester­ville in 2013.

He loved the out­doors, trav­el­ing, square-danc­ing, and of course The Ohio State Buck­eyes!

His wishes were for a pri­vate fam­ily ser­vice.

Friends may wish to con­trib­ute in his mem­ory to the Chalmers P. Wylie VA Am­bu­la­tory Care Cen­ter 420 N. James Rd Columbus, OH 43219.

The Oak­dale (Calif.) Leader Aug. 22, 2018

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