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Donald L. Smith, Sr.

DYER, IN - Donald L. Smith, Sr., age 82, of Dyer, formerly of Hammond, passed away Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at the Life Care Center of Valparaiso. He was born in LaPorte, Indiana on September 21, 1935 to the late Daniel and Louise (nee Rhoda) Smith. He was a member of the Cornerstone Baptist Church in Dyer. Don served on various church boards and as a Deacon. He worked for Chapman Service Laundry as a Commercial Laundry Supervisor for 41 years. He also spent 19 years as an Indian Guide with the Hammond YMCA. Don will be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend to many.

Don is survived by his loving wife, Patricia (nee Sabinske) Smith; sons, Donald L. (Mary) Smith, Jr., Christopher (Julie) Hamrick; daughters, Sherri (Scott) Burbage, Carole 'Lorri' Smith; granddaughter, Rachel (Tim) Frencl, Amanda and Courtney Hamrick; and sister in law, Carole Smith. He was preceded in death by brothers, Charles (Ellen) Smith, Robert Smith; and his parents.

A memorial service for Don will take place Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. at REES FUNERAL HOME, Olson Chapel, 5341 Central Ave. Portage, IN 46368 with Pastor Steve Jones officiating. Visitation will be just prior to the service on Saturday from 11:00-12:00 p.m. at the funeral home. For more information, please call 219-762-3013. Online condolences may be shared with the family at

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