Donald Charles "Don" Coldsmith 1926 - 2009 Emporia
A memorial service for Donald Charles “Don” Coldsmith, 83, Emporia, will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at First United Methodist Church in Emporia. Cremation is planned.
Mr. Coldsmith died Thursday, June 25, 2009, at Kansas University Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan.
He was born Feb. 28, 1926, in Iola, the son of Charles I. and Ethel Willet Coldsmith.
He graduated from Baker University in 1949 and was a member of the university’s board of trustees from 1992 to 2000. He was a longtime writer and columnist and his column "Horsin' Around" ran in the Baldwin City Signal for years.
He married Edna Coldsmith in 1960. They shared nearly 49 years of marriage. She survives, of the home.
Other survivors include four daughters, Carol Smith and husband Tenney, Tucson, Ariz., April Abril, Rye, Colo., Glenna Coldsmith, Tonganoxie, and Connie Lorenzen, Smithville; a sister, Dorothy Matsen and husband Ralph, Monument, Colo.; six grandchildren, Nathan Edwards, Lacey Mann, Zachary and Heather Coldsmith Young, Cassidy Lorenzen and Christian Whayne; two great-grandchildren, Jackson and Norah Edwards; and many nieces and nephews.
Mr. Coldsmith was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Gordon and Jim; and a daughter, Leslie Coldsmith.
The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday at the church.
The family suggests memorials to Baker University, YMCA Camp Wood in Elmdale or the First United Methodist Church of Emporia.
Charter Funerals-Emporia Chapel is in charge of arrangements.