Donald Allen Smith

1935 - 2020

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Donald A. "Don" Smith, 85, of Findlay, passed away on Saturday, November 7, 2020, at The Heritage, Findlay. He was born on July 21, 1935 in Toledo, Ohio to the late Edson and Mabel (Denhart) Smith. He married Nellie Kneedler on July 20, 1958 and she preceded him in death on February 13, 2019. He is survived by his son: DeWayne A. Smith of Findlay; grandsons: Nicholas A. (Melissa), Jeremy J. and Sean M.; great grandsons: Khail Stokes and Karsen Smith; great granddaughter: Charlotte Smith. He was preceded in death by a son: DeWight Smith and brothers: Jack and Robert Smith. Don served in the Ohio National Guard for many years and was an automotive salesman for 22 years at Harrington Chevrolet Cadillac and then LaRiche Chevrolet Cadillac and then retired from Treadway Chrysler after 10 years of service. Don became a Master Mason on February 7, 1967 being a member of Findlay Lodge #227 F&AM and on April 27, 1968 he became a member of the Scottish Rite. He joined Zenobia Shrine of Toledo in 1968 and was a member of the Findlay Shrine Club, Tiffin Shrine Club, where he had been an ambassador, Tiffin Hornets, Zenobia Shrine Clowns and Zenobia Hillbilly's. He served as president of the Findlay Shrine Club in 2002 and again in 2009 and the secretary from 2003-2008. He was an ambassador to the Tiffin Shrine Club and Ottawa County Shrine Club, parade marshal for Findlay Shrine Circus for six years, a member of Eastern Star #23 OES of Findlay, Elks Lodge #75 of Findlay joining in 1990 and was a co-chairman for the annual car show for seven years. Don's loves were his family, the Shrine and his classic 1970 Chevy taking it to many car shows. Visitation will be held on Friday, November 13, 2020 from 11:00am to 1:00pm at COLDREN-CRATES FUNERAL HOME, 205 West Sandusky Street in Findlay. Funeral services will be held at the conclusion of the visitation at 1:00pm on Friday with Pastor Cathy Davis officiating. Interment will follow at Knollcrest Cemetery, east of Findlay, where full military rites will be conducted by the Hancock County Veterans Memorial Squad. Memorials may be given to the Zenobia Shrine, 8048 Broadstone Blvd., Perrysburg, Ohio 43551-4856 in Don's name. Online condolences are welcomed at www.coldrencrates.com.


Service Information
  • Visitation Details:

    COLDREN-CRATES FUNERAL HOME [Map]
    205 West Sandusky Street
    Findlay, Ohio 45840
    Friday, November 13th 2020 11:00 am to 1:00 pm

  • Funeral Service:

    Friday, November 13th 2020 - 1:00 PM

  • Service Location:

    COLDREN-CRATES FUNERAL HOME [Map]
    205 West Sandusky Street
    Findlay, Ohio 45840

  • Final Resting Place:

    Knollcrest Gardens [Map]
    18085 S.R. 12
    Arcadia, OH 44804

  • Contributions:

    Zenobia Shrine
    8048 Broadstone Blvd.
    Perrysburg, Oh 43551

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To : DeWayne
Date :Tuesday, November 10th 2020
From : Chris Hammond
DeWayne - I enjoyed your Dad very much and was honored to work with him those many years that we did the Elks Car Show. He was a great guy and instrumental in my staying in car sales as he was my first Manager at Harrington Chevrolet. Sorry for your loss - our prayers to your family!



To : Dewayne family
Date :Tuesday, November 10th 2020
From : Tom Ferris
Unfortunately I can't be with you physically but please know my thoughts and prayers are with you all.
So sorry for your loss.



To : Family
Date :Wednesday, November 11th 2020
From : Leigh Ann
Your dad and grandfather was a great and kind man but you already know that about him.

My husband, Dana, and I met your grandparents at a car show many, many years ago. Don and Dana became "car" friends and would have many conversations about cars among other things. One day Don came into our shop and brought Dana a picture he had won when he worked for LaRiche. He said he just wanted Dana to have it. The picture proudly hangs in our front office and it will always hang there. I would like to think that Dana and Don are in heaven continuing their car conversations! Whenever I look at the picture it reminds me of Don.

When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure!

Leigh Ann



To : DeWayne Family
Date :Wednesday, November 11th 2020
From : Melissa Kerosky Hendricks
A high school classmate posted your Dad's obituary. So very sorry to hear of your loss. Sending you and your family loving prayers and healing thoughts. Hated to hear of your mom and DeWigh's passing. DeWight and I had kept in touch over the years thru Facebook.
Your family was a big part of mine for so many years...hope this finds you doing well. Please send everyone my best. I wish you comfort during this difficult time.
Love,
"Missy" - Doug's Step-daughter



To : Donald Allen Smith
Date :Thursday, November 12th 2020
From : Erik Smith
We will MISS you Uncle Don. Rest in Peace with your brothers...



To : Donald Allen Smith
Date :Thursday, November 12th 2020
From : Erik Smith
We will MISS you Uncle Don. Rest in Peace with your brothers...



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