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Of Shrewsbury, was born in Salisbury, Missouri on July 7, 1930, and entered into his eternal rest on January 8, 2022. Moving to Kansas City after college, Don met his beloved wife of 64 years, Margaret Smith (nee Landauer) at Sealtest Ice Cream where they both worked. Don was blessed with four children Sandra Odenwald (Kurt), Mary Ann Hoekel (Jim), D.J. Smith and Jo Ann Buckley (Tom). Don was also blessed with 13 grandchildren, Emma Weir (Weezer), Lucy Odenwald, Michael Odenwald (Kaila), Trudy Odenwald, Henry Hoekel, George Hoekel, John Buckley, Steven Buckley, Mark Buckley, Joseph Buckley, Clare Buckley, Emily Justus, and Melissa Justus. Two days before Don left this world, Michael and his wife Kaila blessed him with his first great-grandchild, Anna Lorraine Odenwald.

Don was one of three boys born to the late Albert and Lorene Smith of Salisbury, MO, each born on July 7 over three consecutive years (1930, 1931 and 1932). Don was preceded in death by his brother, baby Smith, who died at childbirth in 1931, and his dear brother B.J. Smith of Morton, IL. Don is survived not only by his wife, children, grandchildren, and great granddaughter, but also by his sisters-in-law Mary Ellen Smith of Morton, IL, Marcella Wyatt and Kathleen Keylon of Kansas City, KS, and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

After graduating from the University of Missouri in Columbia, Don joined the U.S. Army and was a proud Veteran having served in Korea.

Don worked for Commercial Union Insurance for more than 30 years and moved his family to Shrewsbury, MO from Kansas City in 1972. Shrewsbury and St. Michael the Archangel Church is where Don made his home and raised his family.  Don was very active in the Boy Scouts, becoming an Eagle Scout and serving as the Scout Master for Troop 336 for many years. Don volunteered countless hours with the St. Vincent de Paul Society at St. Michael’s and was also a devoted attendee of the White House Retreat House in South County, attending more than 30 retreats and serving as Retreat Captain. He was also a third-degree Knight in the Knights of Columbus. Grandpa Smith was a regular volunteer at Emmanuel Nursery School in Webster Groves serving as the cook and grill master for the annual spring field trip and Kiddie Carnival – even long after his grandchildren had moved on from Emmanuel. Don was an enthusiastic camper and enjoyed family vacations camping along the Black River.

Don was a skilled craftsman who shared his talents with family and friends. Building wooden swing sets, installing storage shelves, and crafting Pine Wood derby cars were just a few of Don’s contributions to his family. Don had an uncanny talent in finding multiple uses for Duct Tape—gray being his favorite color. And Don will most certainly be remembered by his grandchildren for his Cheetos dipped in cream cheese and his love of butter.

Visitation will be held on January 12 from 4-8 pm at Kutis Funeral Home in Affton. Funeral Mass will be held on Thursday, January 13 at St. Michael the Archangel in Shrewsbury at 12:30 pm. Donations to St. Vincent De Paul at St. Michael’s and St. Jude’s Hospital in Don’s memory are appreciated.