Archive for Wednesday, March 27, 2002


March 27, 2002


Graveside and military services for Donald Richard Smith, 73, Waverly, formerly of Ottawa, will be today at 10:30 a.m. at Highland Cemetery, Ottawa. Mr. Smith died Sunday, March 24, 2002, at Midland Hospice House, Topeka.

He was born Jan. 10,1929, the son of Herman and Kate (Hases) Smith. He attended Ottawa schools. He was employed by the Ross Milling Company in Ottawa from 1945 to 1947.

He entered the United States Army-Air Force on Jan. 20, 1947, at Fort Riley. He served in the 99th Recon Tech Squadron. He received a Good Conduct Medal, Korean Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal and a National Defense Service Medal.

He was a self-employed carpet layer until 1991.

He married Jerry Stevenson on March 2, 1970, in Lawrence. They lived in Eudora, Baldwin City, LaFeria, Texas and moved to Waverly in 1999.

Mr. Smith was a member of the V.F.W. Post No. 5901 in Ottawa.

Survivors include his wife, Jerry; three daughters, Penny Lynn Houchin and her husband, Stephen, Ottawa; Gwen Brecheisen and her husband, Kim, Ottawa, and Jackie Hargett and her husband, Joe, Eudora; two sons, Lester Coulter and his wife, Theresa, Le Loup, and Larry Bishop, Ottawa; one brother, Bernard Smith, Williamsburg; one sister, Hazel Daniel, Porter, Texas; fourteen grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Sherman Smith and Gale Smith, Ottawa; half brother, Paul Stone; half sister, Irene Slaymaker and two grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the V.F.W. Post No. 5901 and sent in care of Lamb-Roberts-Heise Funeral Home, PO Box 14, Ottawa, KS 66067.

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