Donald D. Smith, 77, of DuBois, died early Monday, Oct. 7, 2013 at the DuBois Nursing Home after a lengthy illness.
He was born March 22, 1936 in Penfield, son of the late George R. and Rebecca D. (Sylvis) Smith Jr.
He was a graduate of Huston Township High School and received an associate degree from Penn in insurance/finance. He served in the Army and Army Reserves from 1959-1965, achieving rank of sergeant.
He was employed from 1950-1954 as a switchboard operator for Penfield Telephone Company; in 1953 at A.E. Oblock Construction (pipeline construction); in 1954 at Case Pomeroy Oil Company (pipeline); from 1954-1970 at Keystone Carbon Co. (cost analyst); from 1970-1971 at St. Mary’s Screw Machine Co. (cost analyst); from 1971-1972 at Sears – DuBois and St. Marys (sales); and from 1972-1991 at Prudential Insurance Co. (manager and sales).
He was a life member of the Penfield Fire Department having first joined in 1957 and was a charter member of Bennetts Valley Ambulance Association, having joined in 1968, and had served as secretary, treasurer, vice president and president, and also was active in the Huston Township Alumni and Scholarship Fund.
He was a member of the Bucktail Life Underwriters Association and charter member of the Bennetts Valley Kiwanis from 1972-1991. He was a member of American Legion starting in 1986 in Weedville and active with several United Methodist Churches.
Starting in 1986, he sang with Sunrise Gospel Group and the Southern Gospel Duo, the Singin’ “D’s” in churches and nursing and personal care homes in the tri-county area.
Born and raised in Penfield, he lived there until moving to DuBois in 1995.
He is survived by two children, Brian Smith of Penfield and Troy Smith of Home Camp; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; two brothers, Ernest Smith of Elderton and Edward Smith of Olanta; and three sisters, Twila Anderson of Penfield, Dorothy Wilson of DuBois, and Anna Volpe of Kylertown.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by one sister, Jean Rowland; one brother, James Smith; and a sister and two brothers in infancy.
At Donald’s request, there will be no visitation and his services will be private.
Interment will be in Crown Crest Memorial Park in Hyde.
The family suggests memorials to Bennett’s Valley Ambulance.