Donald “Donnie” Smith

January 01, 1969 ‒ November 15, 2018

Delaware, Ohio

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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  • I grew up with Donnie on King Street in Lancaster. We had some awesome wiffle ball games with all the neighborhood kids. Those are some of my favorite memories. My thoughts and prayers are with the Smith family.

  • Connie and Family, I am so very sorry for your loss, I had just met Donnie a little over a year ago when I started at Eastside Health Center. He was so upbeat and always had a smile on his face! When he would walk through the center to check on us all he would stop at my office door and say hello and ask me how I was doing. He did that with everyone and it sure brightened up the place, if he had time to stay a bit and chat that was even better! Everybody here loved him and he will be missed very much! My thoughts and prayers are with you all, may the Lord open his arms to Donnie and give him peace~

  • Connie and Family,
    I am sorry for your loss. Donnie always had a smile for everyone and a wave for coworkers, from his security vehicle, as they arrived for work at the Eastside Health Center. He frequently stopped into the Milk Bank to check on us, especially if he knew we were working late pasteurizing milk. He will be missed. Prayers for your family.

  • Connie and family,
    We have already been missing Donnie at work. He knew all of our cars and took good care of us – my husband even thanked him for that when he met him. He was a welcome face to me when I started at the Milk Bank. I knew him from Grant and it was nice to see someone familiar when I started in the outpatient world.
    Thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Connie & Family,

    We are so sorry we are not home. Donnie was a great man, always with a bright smile on his face.
    All thought we knew him for a short time I know he loved my niece with all his heart.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
    Fly high with the angles Donnie.
    May God bless all of you at this time knowing
    Donnie has no more pain.

    Uncle Rolly
    Aunt Sherry

  • My deepest condolences on the passing of Donnie. I worked with Donnie at OhioHealth and remember that he was always smiling and happy. Donnie touched many people due to his friendliness and great personality. He will be missed by all who met him. May he Rest In Peace.

  • My deepest sympathy. I am so sad to hear of Donnie’s passing. I was lucky enough to be protected by him while working in Grant hospital. I can still hear his infectious laugh. Prayers of comfort for your family.

  • Connie, Jacob, and Austin
    There are no words to express the sadness I feel at Donnie’s passing. He was such a big part of our family growing up. I will miss seeing his ornery smile, or getting random texts from him checking up on me. You are all in my prayers.
    Much love,
    Kathy (DeLong) Gossel

  • Donnie and I worked at Grant when he brought the little boys in to visit. He teased me ALOT but st same time hooked me up with garage parking. He was always laughing or at least snickering around me. Too young to go😢.

  • Connie,
    I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. God Bless you all.

  • Connie,
    I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. God Bless you all.

  • I worked with Donnie at Grant Medical Center. He always had a smile for everyone. I know he will be missed. I am so sorry to hear of his passing. I hope you take comfort in the memories of him. Talicha Reed

  • I’m so sorry for you loss. My heart breaks for you and your family. Thinking and praying for your peace and comfort.

  • Connie, we are so saddened to hear of Donnie’s passing. I know I haven’t seen you for a few years but I well remember the joy he brought to you when you first met. I’m sure that continued through the years.
    Asking God to comfort you during these hard times. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Love, Franco and Joe ❤

  • Connie and Family,
    We will all miss Donnie so much, he was a wonderful co-worker and friend! Prayers and hugs for your family in this very sad time. We love you!

  • Connie and family,
    There are just no words to say how sorry I am for your loss of Donnie. I did not know him well but as he came in here , he was always sweet, kind and had a smile on his face.
    May he always reside in your hearts…

  • Connie & The Smith Family,

    Donnie touched so many lives each and every day. His personality was uplifting and his smile was contagious. I have many memories of him stopping by our departments to check in and socialize. He never knew a stranger and treated everyone with dignity. He will be missed by many and will never be forgotten. My sincere sympathy goes out to his entire family.

  • I’m so sorry to hear Donnie has passed on.I first met Donnie when I was 15 years old .I do remember he was a good basketball player.I last seen him at the river valley mall and we had talked a little then.about a year ago.he will be missed .

  • Donnie was a very kind and funny co-worker. He was our Security Officer for many years at Corporate and Vic Village. He always had a joke and smile. He will be greatly missed. You are in my thoughts and prayers.



  • Connie and family’. I am so so sorry for your loss! I still cant believe my friend is gone..He was such and Awesome person. He would come into the labs and talk with us.. He was so proud of his family and that new grandson.. And of course Those Buckeyes..Rip my friend ..Until we meet again..💔May God give you the strength and comfort to endure..

  • There is one word that I think of when I think of Donnie. JOY. He gave it whenever he was around. He appreciated it in others. He found joy in many things, like his kids, grandson, old cars, travel, THE Ohio State Buckeyes, and Connie. I am so thankful, although your time was too short together, that the two of you found each other.
    My deepest Sympathy for your loss,
    Jeannine Robare

  • Dear Connie and Family, So enjoyed working with Donnie and you Connie at Westerville Medical Campus while I was there. I remember one Doctors Day Celebration the theme was ” We are Mad About Our Doctors” and it was along with the March Madness and I got a Basketball hoop for outside during the luncheon. It was snowing that March 30th day and Donnie said “Melody what doctor is going to go outside and shoot hoops with you?” I said, “I don’t know will you shoot hoops with me Donnie? ” He responded, “game on let’s go, bundle up warm!” You will be missed and loved by all you touched my friend! One of your Westerville Family Friends, Melody Brown

  • Connie & Family, So very sorry to hear of your loss. Many prayers to the family during this hard time.

  • Donnie touched so many lives each and every day. His personality was uplifting and his smile was contagious. I remember my first day working at Grant, he was very kind to me and I realized right away he was a jokester! He never knew a stranger and treated everyone with dignity. He will be missed by many and will never be forgotten. My sincere sympathy goes out to Connie and the boys.