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Donald Smith

October 10, 2009


Boulger Funeral Home

Donald Smith

October 10, 2009


Donald C. Smith, 89 of Fargo, died Saturday, October 10, 2009 at the Palliative Care Unit of MeritCare Hospital in Fargo.

Donald Smith was born in Griffin, ND to Leslie and Iva Bell (Barton) Smith on July 15, 1920. His elementary education took place at Atkinson Country School and then he attended Rhame High School for two years. He completed his GED in 1968. He entered the service in 1944 and served in the Army Medical Corps. He married Thelma Johnson on June 21, 1945 in Colorado Springs, CO. They moved to Fargo, ND upon his discharge in 1946. He worked for Carlson and Benson Construction Company for two years before beginning a 36 year career with the United States Postal Service in Fargo, ND. Thelma died in 2003. He married Minnie Grenz on August 13, 2004.

He is survived by his wife, Minnie of Fargo; four children, Donald Smith of Rogersville, AL, David (Kathleen) Smith of Fargo, Debra (Greg) Mitchell of Brandon, SD and Susan (Roy) Evans of Fargo; step-son, Darin Grenz; eight grandchildren; six great grandchildren; siblings, Laura Beth of New Salem, ND, D. Bart (Marion) Smith of Phoenix, AZ, Iva Faye Whitley of New Salem, ND and Hilla Ann Whitley of Rogersville, AL.

He was preceded by his parents; wife, Thelma and siblings, William Smith, Irma Bell Smith, Beatrice Aho, Leslie “Clyde” Smith and Robert Smith.

Visitation: Wednesday, October 14 from 5-7 pm at Boulger Funeral Home,
Fargo and also one hour prior to the service at the funeral home on Thursday.

Funeral Service: Thursday, October 15 at 2:00 pm at Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.

Interment: Sunset Memorial Gardens, Fargo.

Arrangements entrusted to Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.


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  1. Linda Graalum says:

    Fargo ND
    My love and prayers go out to your family. God bless you all. May God’s loving arms embrace you during this difficult time and in the days to come. I was given a book entitled “Healing After Loss” by Martha Whitmore Hickman after Bob passed away and found the daily meditation extremely helpful. It seemed to be written for me.

  2. Trevor Fuss says:

    Mr. Smith (Don) was one of the best professors I had in college. I will never forget how he would take time to help the students out. I also will not forget the little smile and small “hmpf” when you would approach him with a really strange idea or crazy concept. You knew he thought it was crazy but he LISTENED… truly listened…

    Mr. Smith, you will be missed.

  3. Deb says:

    Fargo ND
    Loving thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time JoEllen. Hope you can feel all the caring and support that is coming your way. Praying for strength and peace for you and your family as you go through this most difficult time.
    Deb (Olson)Frey

  4. Dee Olson (Doyle) says:

    Osage MN
    Joie: I was so sad to hear of your husband Don’s passing. It sounds like he was an awesome person. Please know that you are on my mind and in my prayers as you and your family go through this difficult time.

    In friendship and love, your classmate,

    Dee Dee (Doyle) Olson

  5. Ruth Geraets, PBVM says:

    Aberdeen SDDear JoEllen and family,
    I was saddened to hear of Don’s untimely death. We are grateful for the gift of faith reminding us his spirit remains present to us.
    The two of you as Associates will continue to enliven Nano’s ministry as exemplifed by the Presentation Sisters in Fargo.
    Peace and Prayer,
    Sr. Ruth Geraets
    Aberdeen PBVM

  6. Janell Sailer says:

    Williston ND
    Please accept my sincere sympathy in the huge loss of Don. He was one of the kindest persons I’ve met. May he rest in peace.

  7. Grace & Molly says:

    Granny We Love You and will miss gramps.

  8. Aaron and Amber Knudsvig says:

    Williston ND
    Dear JoEllen, and family:
    We were so saddened to hear of the passing of Don. He was such a truly amazing and wonderful man and will be deeply missed! We know he is now rejoicing with our Heavenly Father! Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

    Aaron, Amber, Paxton, & Parker

  9. Becky O'Hara says:

    Tucson AzDear JoEllen,
    My heart is aching with and for you during this horrible time. I only hope that our loving God brings you some comfort and peace knowing that Don is most definitely with Him now. I am sooo sorry for your loss.

    Love and hugs,

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