Donald Smith

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Smith, Donald C.

Donald C. Smith, 85, formerly of Town of Rib Mountain, died Thursday, December 13, 2012 at Aspirus Wausau Hospital.

Donald was born March 2, 1927, to Donald R. and Evelyn I. Smith in Detroit, MI. He attended Royal Oak High School until he left for induction into the Army Air Corps. He completed his high school course work by mail while serving in Germany. Donald was a radar technician and transferred to the regular Army in 1946, where he achieved the rank of Staff Sergeant. He became a wire technician, telephone and telegraph, and recalled his years in Germany rebuilding German telephone communications systems after WWII. While in Germany Donald met Emilie Huml, who was born in Prague. Czechoslovakia and moved to Munich, Germany with her parents. They were married on September 2, 1949 in Freising, Germany.

Donald and Emilie moved to the United States in 1950, where Donald served in the Army at various posts until his discharge in 1952. Their son, Donald Charles was born on August 11, 1950, in Ogden, Utah. He died on August 11, 2005, in Detroit, MI.

After his discharge from the Army Don worked for Ford Motor Company in Dearborn, MI. In 1953, he was hired by American Telephone and Telegraph Co., where he worked until his retirement in 1992. Emilie became a naturalized United States citizen in 1953, while they lived in Berkley, MI. Don and Emily moved to Rib Mountain in 1975 from Iron Mountain, MI.

Pastor Don, as he was known to many, organized the Church of Christ of Wausau in 1983.

Emilie died on October 2, 2009. Donald is survived by a sister, Jean Dreisbach, Chesterfield, MI; four nieces, Sandy Szymula, Royal Oaks, MI; Lucy Langley, Snellville, GA; Linda Herholz, Port Orchard, WA; and Jill Priest, Tawas City, MI; and four nephews, Lyle Dreisbach, Chesterfield, MI; David Dreisbach, White Lake, MI; David Frew, Loganville, GA; and Robert Frew, Snellville, GA. A sister, Gloria Frew predeceased him.

No services will be held at Donald's request. Donald and Emilie will be interned together at Wisconsin Veterans Cemetery at King, WI. John J. Buettgen Funeral Home and Peterson-Kraemer Funeral Home are assisting with arrangements.

Published in the Wausau Daily Herald on Dec. 21, 2012
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