Donald “Donnie” Smith
January 01, 1969 ‒ November 15, 2018
Donald “Donnie” J. Smith, 49, of Delaware, and formerly of Lancaster, passed away on Thursday, November 15, 2018 at his residence, surrounded by his loving family.
Donnie was born on January 1, 1969 in Lancaster, son of the late Herbert Smith and Linda (Bigham) Stiverson. He was a 1987 graduate of the Lancaster High School and then went on to enlist in the U.S. Air Force, becoming a Military Police Officer, serving from 1988-1997 during the Golf War. Donnie had the prestigious distinction and the priviledge to secure and safeguard former President Clinton on Air Force One. After serving his country, he returned to Lancaster and then completed Peace Officer Training at Hocking College and became a police officer, having worked in Sugar Grove for a number of years. Donnie then worked as a police officer for Ohio Health for 20 years. He was a huge Ohio State Buckeye’s fan and enthusiast and collected all things Buckeye’s. He had also been an usher at the stadium for the Buckeye’s games. Donnie had a love of old muscle cars and especially enjoyed his orange 69 Chevelle SS named “Pumpkin.” Donnie was very proud of being in the Air Force and becoming a police officer but was especially proud of his entire family.
Left to cherish his memory is his wife, Connie L. (Bishop) Smith, whom he married on November 16, 2013; sons, Jacob Smith and his fiancé, Emma, of Delaware and Austin Smith of Spring Hope, N.C.; and daughter, Kelsey Godwin, Japan; grandson, Joseph Smith; step-father, Paul Stiverson of Lancaster; four brothers, Galen (Laurie) Stiverson of Indiana, Kevin (Candace) Stiverson of Hilliard, Keith Stiverson and Barry (Heather) Stiveron, both of Lancaster; sister, Paula Hammac (Greg) of Lancaster; numerous nieces and nephews. Also surviving is Mack, his English Bulldog.
The family will receive friends on Tuesday, November 20, 2018 from 4-6 p.m. at the Snyder Rodman Funeral Center, 101 Valleyside Drive, Delaware, where there will be a Celebration of Life service at 6:00 p.m. The Vietnam Veteran’s Chapter 1095 of Delaware will be conducting military rites following the service in the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be given to the Vietnam Veteran’s Chapter 1095, P.O. Box 283, Delaware, Ohio 43015.
The Snyder Rodman Funeral Center, Delaware, is honored to be serving the family of this proud veteran.
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