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Donald L. Smith 88, of Independence, Missouri passed away on June 28th, 2023, with his family by his side. Don had been battling Lewey body Dementia for several years.
A Celebration of Life will be held at Heartland Cremation & Burial Society, (6113 Blue Ridge Blvd. Raytown, MO 64133.) on July 5th, 2023, from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM. No formal service, just a time to visit with family and friends.
Don was born on January 9th, 1935, to parents Lonnie and Esther Smith in Chetopa, Kansas. Don graduated from Picher Oklahoma High School in 1953. After graduating, Don met his one and only love, Grace Irene Crabtree and married in 1954. He went on to have 4 children with Grace. Don worked in the grocery business during his long career fulfilling the roles as, meat cutter, manager and store operator until he retired in 1997. After retiring, Don was a volunteer for the Independence Police Department (VIPS) for 18 years.
Don was preceded by his daughter Karen Jones and a great-grandson.
Don is survived by his wife of 69 years, Grace Smith, daughter Donna Morales (Danny), son Gary Smith (Criss Womack), son David Smith (Kreg Cox), grand (son) Dustin Edgette (Twila). Don also leaves 11 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and 9 great-great-grandchildren.
Don was very generous and expressed his love for his family as often as he could. He is remembered for playing catch and taking rides in the trailer attached to the lawnmower with his grandchildren. His other lifelong passions included cars (too many to count) and woodworking.