Donald Smith, 1927-2019

Published 1:00 am Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Memorial services for Donald C. Smith, 92, of Albert Lea will be at 11 a.m. Friday at First Lutheran Church, 301 W. Clark St. The Rev. Jan Crissinger will officiate. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery prior to the service. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church Friday. Online condolences are welcome at

Donald Smith

Donald “Don” Clair Smith passed away Sunday, Nov. 24, 2019, at Thorne Crest Senior Living Community.

Don was born May 14, 1927, at Naeve Hospital in Albert Lea. He was the son of Durin and Josie (Ingvaldson) Smith. He graduated from Albert Lea High School on May 31, 1945.

Email newsletter signup

He proudly served in the United States Army from Jan. 11, 1949, to Sept. 8, 1952. He was united in marriage to Arlis Marie Rebelein on March 14, 1954, at Pickerel Lake Concordia Lutheran Church. Together they raised their family in Albert Lea. Don was a mechanic at Dave Syverson Ford for 36 years.

In his retirement Don drove for Meals on Wheels, Dave Syverson Ford and ride service for Senior Resources. He was a member of the American Legion. He also enjoyed gardening and being an active member of First Lutheran Church in Albert Lea. He served on many boards and in many commissions at the church. Most of all, Don enjoyed spending time with family and friends.

Don is survived by his wife of 65 years, Arlis; sons Gary and Kent (Lois); grandchildren Karl and Erik; brother-in-law, Roger Rebelein; sister-in-law, Audrey Christensen; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents Durin and Josie; brother, Gerald; his wife, Ruth; parents-in-law George and Clara Rebelein; and sister-in-law, Bonnie Rebelein.

Memorials are preferred to Peace and Power at First Lutheran Church.