Donald Lee Smith

Born: Tue., Feb. 22, 1938
Died: Wed., Nov. 21, 2018


11:00 AM to 1:00 PM, Mon., Nov. 26, 2018
Location: Niebur Funeral Home

Funeral Service

1:00 PM Mon., Nov. 26, 2018
Location: Niebur Funeral Home

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Donald Lee Smith, (80) of Pittsfield, IL passed away Wednesday, November 21, 2018 at Eastside Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Pittsfield, IL. Don was born on February 22, 1938 in the farm house he later owned, a son of Donald Louis Smith and Eleanor Aileen Hoos Smith. He married Jane Fields Smith on October 2, 1960 in the Nebo Christian Church by the late Rev. Joe Maynard. She was promoted to heaven on December 15, 2015. Don was a graduate of the Pittsfield High School class of 1956. He was a guard on the undefeated football team.

Don served in the United States Marine Corp from August 24, 1956 to August 23, 1958. During that time, he was stationed in Okinawa. He worked at the water plant and Conoco Gas Station, was the owner - operator for 8 Grand Inc, worked at UAP/Richter and also for Panhandle Eastern Pipeline Company for over 30 years until his retirement.  He farmed for many years. He purchased the farm from his grandparents John and Effie Hoos. He was very happy to keep the farm in the family. He was a Pike County hog farmer and happy to be part of the Pork Capital of the world. He loved hunting and fishing, mushroom hunting, and quail hunting. He was an avid Cardinal baseball fan. He shared that love with his children and grandchildren and now great - grandchildren. He loved to travel. He visited many places that his family lived, but he would not go to North Dakota in the winter! He was a humble and quiet, but strong man who loved his family deeply. Even after he was unable to communicate with his words, he would still respond to his great grandbabies who visited him in the nursing home. He would make playful noises with his tongue and reach out to them. Even when he knew nothing else, he still understood and could feel love.

He is survived by his three daughters, Shellie (Harvey) Newingham of Pittsfield; Sara (Clyde) Kallal of Brighton, IL; Sue (Billy) Miller of Pittsfield; nine grandchildren, Jamie Newingham of Pittsfield, Amanda (Shane) Harpole of Godfrey, Ethan Miller of O’Fallon, MO, Nicole (Keenan) Noble of Pleasant Hill, Nathan Kallal of Orlando, FL, Brittany Newingham (fiance’ Connor Ferguson) of Pittsfield, Lorren Newingham of Appleton, WI, Destiny Miller (fiance’ Dryden Craven) of Pittsfield, Abram Miller of Pittsfield; Eight Great Grandchildren, Rylee Howard, Emma Noble, Henry Ferguson, Daniel Noble all of Pittsfield, Mack Harpole (Godfrey), Quinn Kallal (Orlando), Rhett Harpole (Godfrey), John Ferguson (Pittsfield).  Three siblings survive: Sue Plattner (David, deceased June 2018) of Scotsdale, AZ; Tom Smith (Shelba) of Pittsfield; and Dr. Jack Smith of Litchfield Park, AZ; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Don was preceded in death by his parents and wife, Jane.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, November 26, 2018 at 1 PM at Niebur Funeral Home in Pittsfield with Pastor Clyde Kallal officiating. Visitation will be held from 11 AM until the time of service on Monday. Interment will be in the West Cemetery in Pittsfield.  Memorials are suggested to be made to Brighton Assembly (church pastored by Don’s son-in-law Clyde and daughter Sara Kallal) , the Honor Flight or to the donor’s choice.  Condolences may be sent to the family at The Niebur Funeral Home in Pittsfield has been entrusted with the service.

Charitable donations may be made in Donald's memory to the following organizations:

Brighton Assembly

Donor's Choice

Pike County Honor Flight

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Roy Nicholson
   Posted Fri November 23, 2018
My friend Donnie is the person who taught me how to keep a box score, which he did while listening to the Cardinal games. I was probably 7 0r 8 and he was not more than 10. Life at Independence was so exciting. And I am related to the Smith girls (Jane 'Fields' was my 2nd cousin once removed). Proud to be part of the family. ROYN.

Mary Voloto
   Posted Fri November 23, 2018
Don was a neighbor to me growing up. I loved talking to him as he had a very dry sense of humor. Jane and Don were a “matched set” and now they are together. Sending my condolences to Shelley, Sara, and Suellen in the loss of your dad.

Carol McCartney
   Posted Sat November 24, 2018
I remember all the times he helped with hogs, cattle, roasting hogs, cutting firewood and the fun of the group of families that worked and played together along with their children in the 1970s and 1980s.

Janice Swartz,
   Posted Sat November 24, 2018
Sorry for your lost.

Lynn Whitlock
   Posted Sat November 24, 2018
Shellie, so sorry for your loss. May you find peace.

Rev. Neil Lindwall
   Posted Mon November 26, 2018
On behalf of the Chicago Northwest Section of the IDCAG, I wish to express our sympathy to Sara and Clyde Kallal and the whole family. May the peace and presence of God and the hope of our Lord Jesus be your comfort and strength.

Psalm 34:18

   Posted Tue November 27, 2018
I am so sorry for your loss. May you find hope in the promise of the resurrection found in John 6:39,40.

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