Donald Archie Smith
1934 - 2021
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Donald Archie Smith

Franklin - Donald Archie Smith, 87, gently passed into the arms of God on Mar 27, 2021 surrounded by family in his home in Franklin, IN. Viewing Friday April 9, 2-4 and 6-8 at Wilson St Pierre Funeral Service & Crematory, Greenwood Chapel. Celebration of life service will be at 1:30, April 10 at Grace United Methodist Church 1300 E Adams Dr., Franklin, IN with viewing from 10 to 12. He will be laid to rest in Ohio at a later date. You may read Don's full Obituary at www.stpierrefamilyfuneral.com. Arrangements entrusted to Wilson St. Pierre Funeral Service & Crematory.






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Published in The Indianapolis Star from Apr. 1 to Apr. 4, 2021.
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April 22, 2021
Don had a strong heart for missions. He went with me on time to Sierra Leone and Liberia. I enjoyed working with Don and his late wife Joan. He was a good brother in Christ.
Joseph wagner
Friend
April 19, 2021
Don was valedictorian of our class of 1952 at Roosevelt High School in Dayton, Ohio. I was salutatorian, but Don was definitely the tops. Not only was he smart, but he was also witty, kind, and a friend to all. Dave, Don helped me with both Math (Geometry) and Science (Chemistry). He was an excellent teacher. I have so many fond memories of him. He is with his dear Joan, now. May his memory be a blessing.
Joyce Klarin Maggied
Classmate
April 11, 2021
I met Don Smith at a Sunday School class (Faith Sharing) at the Franklin Grace United Methodist Church. Don regularly participated in the class and was a person who had clear ideas and commitments. Conversations in the class revealed that we agreed in many of the perspectives that we discussed. My studies were in philosophy and religion. His education included some peripheral aspects of philosophy and religion, but his majors were in science and math at Harvard. Don had thought through many complex philosophical and religious issues to clear and well-founded understanding of such issues. We shared discussions of several books and papers that were used in the class or shared between each other.

Rev. Herbert Cassel, PhD in Religious Thought.
Retired Professor from the University of Indianapolis.
Herbert Cassel
Friend
April 8, 2021
Don was such a special guy! He befriended us when we moved to Otterbein 2 yrs ago. When I got left at church by friends, Don gave me a ride to rejoin them, even though it was out of his way. He was in choir & I was in choir, and he was part of our lunch group from church. It was a joy and blessing to know Don. We will miss him! Prayers for comfort and peace for all of the family!
Johanna McCoy
Friend
April 7, 2021
My husband Ron and I have been tax clients of Don and Joan for many years. They were such a wonderful couple and we always looked forward to seeing them. We're sending heartfelt prayers and condolences and hope it gives you comfort to know that Don and Joan are together again in eternity. God Bless.
Ronald and Cheryl Watson
Acquaintance
April 6, 2021
I am very sad to learn of Don' s passing. We are related through the Michael family. Don always whole heartedly supported the Michael Family reunions. It was always such a pleasure to visit with him. My sincere sympathies to his children.
Diane Michael Gilbert
Family
April 5, 2021
My husband and I were tax clients of Don and Joan and were also residents of Hill Valley and socialized with them at the resident picnic at German Park. They made a wonderful couple and will be together again. Thoughts and prayers for their family.
June Renault
Neighbor
April 5, 2021
My husband David and I have been tax clients of Don and Joan's for more than 15 years. We always enjoyed meeting with the two of them and hearing all of their stories. They were both amazing and we will miss Don so much. Prayers and condolences to your family at this time of grief.
Renee and David Arnold
Acquaintance
April 5, 2021
I have special memories as a classmate of Don. Like the time we were a part of the high school group traveling to New York City to learn about world affairs. Don suggested we break away from the group and he and I found our way to the Statue of Liberty! [We did have our advisors permission]. Don was a very special classmate to me and I am confident that he was he was very special to to all whose lives he touched!
CONNY SKARHA
Classmate
April 4, 2021
I have many wonderful memories of spending time with Don, Joan and their family during my teen years. I'm sorry to hear of his passing. May he rest in peace and may God bless the friends and family here on earth who are left to grieve his passing.

Donna Norris
Friend
April 4, 2021
I have many wonderful memories of spending time with Don, Joan and their family during my teen years. I'm sorry to hear of his passing. May he rest in peace and may God bless the friends and family here on earth who are left to grieve his passing.
Donna Norris
April 4, 2021
I have many wonderful memories of spending time with Don, Joan and their family during my teen years. I'm sorry to hear of his passing. May he rest in peace and may God bless the friends and family here on earth who are left to grieve his passing.
Donna Norris
April 4, 2021
Don was a valued member of our adult Sunday school class at Grace. His diverse experiences and deep, thoughtful intelligence added immensely to our discussions. And above it all, he was a good friend. He will be deeply missed. Rich and Karen Gotshall, on behalf of the Seekers Class
RICHARD GOTSHALL
Family
April 3, 2021
Our prayers are with Don's family. He talked proudly of his children and grandchildren. We attended Grace UM Church with him. I worked with him as a AARP Taxaid Volunteer at Otterbein for many years. I really enjoyed our conversations over lunch. He will be sadly missed.
Danny & Shirley (Decker) Hartley
Friend
April 2, 2021
I met Don in high school in Dayton, Ohio. He already understood the importance of learning, kindness and commitment. Many of us sought his help at one time or another, in our studies, notably math. He was our class Valedictorian. He continued to represent the best of us. His family is in our thoughts and prayers.
David G Budd
Classmate
April 1, 2021
My prayers are with all his family and friends
Maria Vansickle Vansickle
March 31, 2021
Our heartfelt condolences go out to all of you. Love and hugs!!
Jeni Steinhauser
Friend
March 31, 2021
As Don's oldest friend, I can endorse his life and his life's work as described in his book. In high school I got hime to attend Linden Avenue Baptist Church in Dayton--it's where the girls were--and we shared fun times there in addition to meaningful church services. We attended Harvard together, where I got to know Joan before they were married. Over the years we had many delightful experiences both together and with our wives. Don was a real delight and we will miss him, his energy, and his wit. A true friend.
John Neff
Classmate
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