Donald E. Smith

April 18, 1949 ‒ June 23, 2017

Westerville, Ohio
Formerly of Sunbury, Ohio

Donald E. Smith, age 68 of Westerville died unexpectedly Friday, June 23, 2017 at St. Ann’s Hospital following a brief illness.

He was born on April 18, 1949 in Columbus to the late Clyde P. and Helen E. (SchLeppi) Smith.  A graduate of Big Walnut High School in 1967, he became a skilled and gifted carpenter.  In 2012 he retired from Bevilacqua Builders as a senior framing crew leader.

A true outdoors man at heart, Donald was at his best hunting deer, turkey, raccoon, or mushrooms. He also enjoyed fishing, especially on Hoover Reservoir.  It was always the full stringer of fish or a successful mushroom hunt with 100 morels that brought a smile to his face. Big hearted and humble at times he could be a bit cantankerous.

His loves of life are reflected in the numerous homes he crafted, his wife, and the spirit of his treasured daughter.

He is survived by his wife Sallie (Stover), sister Marianna (Terry) Glaze of Sunbury, brother John (Mary) Smith of Columbus, nieces, nephews, and a host of friends.

In addition to his parents he was also preceded in death by his pride and joy, beloved daughter Meighan A. Smith in 2003.

Friends may call from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. Wednesday at the DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, 637 N. St. Rt. 61, Sunbury, Ohio 43074.

Condolences may be expressed at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com

  • I met Don in the early 70’s at the Indy 500 campground. You might say we partied a bit!! I was a carpenter as well, so we had something in common.
    We crossed paths over the years at homesite projects where I was framing as well. As you all know, you couldn’t stop and talk to Don for a minute. Always a story, and usually the subject of our initial Indy meeting came up.

    Great guy and carpenter, my condolences to the family.

  • So sorry for your great loss,may he RIP. May God Bless your entire family, again I’m sorry my friend.

  • I knew Don Smith and his mother, Helen, and sister and brother during the Big Walnut HS years in the 60’s. Mrs. Smith was a teacher and 4-H leader. Sallie (Stover), Don’s wife, was a dear friend and my prayers are with her today. I bet Meighan belted out a song to Welcome her Dad to Heaven! It is a joy to think about. Hugs and prayers. Love you.

  • Jerry and I send condolences to Sallie, Don’s Family and friends. Prayers and thoughts for you all. R.I.P. Don.

    Jerry and Rita Miller-Young

  • Sorry ,for the loss of Donald,I knew him when my brother clifford hung around him.I’m sorry for your loss Sallie,may he RIP.Also,to John,and Marianna,and the rest of the family.God bless him.

  • I worked for and with Donald and John in the late 70’s framing and still have great memories of Don on the job as a tough but fair boss who taught me a lot about building and the outdoors. Some days we would start extra early so Donald could pull the boat to work and hit the lake right after, he’d ski for a while then fish later in the evening. The running joke was that on days he skied that he didn’t bother to shower when he got home. As soon as work stopped Donald was a different guy, on break he might offer you some sassafras tea from his thermos or wild game from his lunch, then it was all fishing and hunting stories until it was time to go back to work. When I was new, there were days it felt like he was just plain picking on me but truthfully he wanted us to be safe and do good quality work, he cared a lot about us and the work, that’s what I’ll remember.

  • Prayers for Don’s family. He was a character in high school and a F.F.A. buddy, always willing to help.

  • I RECEIVED WORD ABOUT DON AND MY THOUGHTS , PRAYERS ARE WITH SALLIE, MARIANNA, JOHN AND THEIR FAMILES. I AM DEEPLY SADDEN FOR YOUR LOSS. I HAD A RARE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK TO DON LAST YEAR, WE DIDN’T TALK MUCH BUT HE BROUGHT BACK SOME MEMORIES. BUT SINCE SUNDAY, THINKING OF DON AND HIS FAMILY AND WHAT THEY ALL MEANT TO ME GROWING UP AROUND THEM ALL HAS BROUGHT BACK SO MANY GREAT MEMORIES THAT I COULD WRITE A BOOK. OUR TIMES AS TEENAGERS GROWING UP TOGETHER WERE THE BEST YEARS OF MY LIFE. DON TAUGHT ME SO MUCH THAT HE MADE ME WHO I AM TODAY. I WILL ALWAYS BE ETERNALLY GRATEFUL FOR HIS FRIENDSHIP, HIS KINDNESS AND HIS HUMOR. HE WAS LIKE MY BIG BROTHER BUT MORE. DON LOANED ME HIS 64 MALIBU TO GO ON MY FIRST PROM, I WAS THE EQUIPMENT GUY WHEN HE SUNG IN A BAND. THE HUNTING AND FISHING WERE ALWAYS AWESOME AND FUN. WE EVEN JOIN THE NAVY TOGETHER. WHEN DON MARRIED SALLIE WE ALL DROVE UP TO CANADA AND DON CHARTERED A PLANE TO FLY TO A LAKE TO FISH. I COULD GO ON FOREVER TALKING ABOUT DON, SALLIE, MARIANNA, JOHN, HELEN AND TERRY. RIP MY GOOD FRIEND !!

  • LOVING thoughts from the Groseclose clan !
    Fond memories of growing up together.As young men we shared some of those
    hardcore get togethers !! , that are so important in creating ones life story.
    Don was Mr. ‘handsome’ and the rest of us were secretly jealous and po’d.
    Sally ,so sorry, you know how much we love you – Granny sends some big
    time hugs sweetie .
    As CLIFFORD said ( who is Cliff ?) – We were and will always be family .
    The greatest place to be from in the universe !!