Donald G. Smith, 86 of Marion passed away unexpectedly at 7:14 am Saturday October 15, 2022, at his residence in Marion. He was born May 3, 1936, in Wabash to the late Rev. Jacob and Rhea Lytle Smith. He was married August 17, 1956, at Fairmount to Virginia (Ginny) Phillippe and she preceded him in death on July 1, 2014. Don retired from Peerless Machine and Tool where he was a machinist. He also farmed for many years and was an avid woodworker. He was a member of the 1st Church of the Nazarene in Marion and attended the Grace Community Church. He was a member of Good Sam Club, the WCTU, Dana Camping Group, 9th Street Gang Car Club and was involved with the Gideons.
Don is survived by his son Jerry (Ruby) Smith of Van Buren and daughters Barb (Frank) Hix of Marion, and Tricia (Steve) Fivecoate of Churubusco. Also surviving are grandchildren Stephanie (Darren)Somerville, Heather (Jason) Fields, Bethanie Hix, Kristin Smith, Tiffanie (Caleb) Hodson, Amber (Juan) Ortiz, Bianca (Austin) Gould and Christian Rhoades. Great grandchildren Caleb, Madison, Katelyn and Nathan Somerville, Brady, Jonah and Piper Fields, Peyton Hix, Luis Campos and Soledad Smith, Will and Luke Hodson, Katia, Chrystal and Brandon Ortiz and great-great granddaughter Elena Ortiz. He was preceded in death by granddaughters Shanda Hix and Brittanie Hix, great grandsons Jude and Declan Hix and a son-in-law James Hunnicutt.
A celebration of Don’s life will be held at Grace Community Church Friday October 21, 2022, with visitation from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. Service will follow at 1pm. A private burial will follow in the Gardens of Memory Cemetery, Marion.
Memorial Contributions may be made to the Gideons or the Grant County Cancer Society. Tippecanoe Funeral and Cremation Services is honored to assist the family with arrangements.