Obit: Smart, Donald B. #2 (1941 - 2018)
Transcriber: Robert Lipprandt
Surnames: Abel, Fenske, Hodge, Kilty, Kiviko, Kops, LaBarge, Plaskey, Smart
----Source: The Tribune-Phonograph (Abbotsford, WI) 5/22/2018
Smart, Donald Bernard (22 DEC 1941 - 13 MAY 2018)
Donald Bernard Smart, age 76, of Colby, passed away unexpectedly from ill health conditions on Sunday, May 13, 2018, at St. Michaels Hospital in Stevens Point.
He was born Dec. 22, 1941, the son of Donald Smart and Florence Smart (Fenske). Don was a 1960 graduate of Colby High School, followed by military (Army) service for six years. In 1961 he was united in marriage to Sally Jane Kiviko, who preceded his death in Nov. 1962.
As a young boy, Donald worked on the family farm in Unity, followed by six years of military (Army) service. Don moved to Fond du Lac upon his completion of service to the military and worked at Mercury Marine for the next 30 years. Upon retirement from Mercury, Don returned to Colby and married Sharon Kilty on July 7, 1997.
He loved aviation and the freedom of flying his own airplanes. Don was also a Corvette enthusiast and especially loved camping in the Wisconsin summer months and spending the winter months in Texas with his wife.
He is survived by his wife of 20 years, Sharon; two sons, Terry (Tina) Smart and Dustin; six step-children, Shari, Donald and Noelle Kops, Darcy (James) Plaskey, Tara (Jayce) Abel and Matthew (Jenna) Kops; three grandchildren, Travis and Trevor Smart and Allie Hodge; 18 step-grandchildren, James, Jackie, Briana, Brenna, Brooke, Britni, Jakob, Garrett, Davis, Madison, Gabriella, Ryder, Diesel, Maverick, Axle, Madison, Samantha and Mia; nine great-grandchildren; and one sister, Diane (Thomas) LaBarge.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Sally Smart; and stepson, Rick Kops.
Donald’s wishes were for no memorial service and has contributed his body to medical research, followed by cremation.
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