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Donald J. Smith Sr.

Donald J. Smith Sr., 93, of Wausau, died Thursday July 14, 2011 under the wonderful care of Aspirus Comfort Care & Hospice Service at North Central Health Care facilities, Wausau.

He was born May 4, 1918 in Arpin, Wisc., to the late Jacob and Mary (LaVigne) Smith. He married Helen Barto on Aug. 19, 1939 in Wisconsin Rapids.

Donald was employed as a sales representative for Snapp Electric for North East Wisconsin and upper Michigan. Then he worked for Drott Tractor Co., in Milwaukee for 30 years as a sales representative and for all paper mill industries on the Wisconsin River. Donald was then promoted to division manager for Drott Tractor of Milwaukee at the Schofield location. He retired in 1983, moved to Rhinelander and joined "Score" and worked as an older workers specialist with Job Service. He returned to the Schofield area in 1991.

Survivors include his wife, Helen Smith, Wausau; two sons, Donald (Joanne) Smith Jr., Rothschild, and James (Yvonne) Smith, Mosinee; two daughters, Cheryl (Noel) Meyers, Owosso`, Mich., and Holly Smith, Wausau; nine grandchildren, Kevin (Patricia) Smith, Weston, Carissa (Dan) Krane, Ohio, Kip (Katie) Smith, Rhinelander, Corinna (James) Gramer, Minnesota, Eugene Smith, Schofield, Josh (Kristen) Smith, Hatley, Kenneth (Melanie) Meyers, Indiana, Jill (Bruce) Martin, Michigan, and Brenda (Andrew) Davis, Michigan; 17 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday at St. Therese Catholic Church, 113 W. Kort St. Rothschild. Rev. Janusz Kowalski will officiate. Burial will be at Restlawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Wisconsin Rapids. Visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service at the church on Monday.

Brainard Funeral Home, Wausau, is assisting the family with arrangements.

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