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SPARTA - Donald L. Smith, 84, went home to the Lord on Nov. 14, 2013, in Newton with his loving family by his side.

Donald was born in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., to Emery T. and Viola Smith. He has resided for the past 36 years in Sparta. Donald served his country proudly in the U.S. Army from 1946-49. He attended Purdue University earning his bachelor's, master's and Ph.D. degrees in mechanical engineering. He was granted a fellowship in engineering research from Standard Oil, working for the company after earning his Ph.D. Through the years, he was employed by Magnavox, Collins Radio and Rockwell Industries. Donald was employed for 29 years as a mechanical engineer for the U.S. Department of Defense, serving the Rock Island Arsenal, later transferring to Picatinny Arsenal where he retired in 1994. Don was a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers for 60 years. He was a very active member of the Sparta United Methodist Church where he served on the Board of Trustees, Missions Committee and as the church treasurer. He was generous with his time, volunteering in the Sparta United Methodist Church Mouse Thrift Shop and as a former Boy Scout leader.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 59 years, Wilma (Howard) Smith, a son, Steven J. Smith and his wife, Gretchen Sundstrom-Smith, of Budd Lake; daughter, Linda M. Cappaert and her husband, Richard, of St. Louis, Mo.; his sister, Margaret Gaylord, of Binghamton, N.Y.; sister-in-law, Wanda Wanck, Endicott, N.Y., and six grandchildren: Andrew, Cassandra, Karlee and Arianna Sundstrom-Smith, and Elyssa and Rebecca Cappaert. He was predeceased by his brother, Thomas, sister Eleanor Ritter, and grandson, Henry T. Cappaert.

Family and friends are invited Monday, Nov. 18, 5 to 8 p.m., to Goble Funeral Home, 22 Main St., Sparta, with a 7 p.m. service. A celebration of life service for Donald will be held at 2 p.m. Dec. 22 at the Sparta United Methodist Church. Contributions can be made to the Sparta United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, 71 Sparta Ave., Sparta, NJ 07871; or to the in memory of Donald L. Smith.

He will be missed by his loving family, nieces, nephews and many friends.

Published in The New Jersey Herald on Nov. 17, 2013
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