SMITH Donald Lipp
of Clarkston, went home to be with the Lord, Saturday January 5, 2019 at 92 years of age. Born in Detroit April 9, 1926, son to the late Leo and Eleanor Smith. Beloved husband of Marilyn for 70 years; loving father of Bruce (Dorothy) Smith and Dave (Rochelle) Smith; proud grandfather of Derek (Emily) and Matthew (Jessica); great grandfather of Audrey. Donald served his country proudly during WWII as a veteran of the U S Army Air Force. He earned degrees from Adrian College where he met his dearest wife, Eastern Michigan University and the University of Michigan. He worked his entire professional career with the Waterford School District. He started as a teacher, a principal with Stringham, Lotus Lake and Manley, and eventually worked his way up to administration. He was a long time member of Christ Lutheran Church of Waterford and was involved with the Waterford Elks. He also enjoyed boating and working in his apple orchard.
Family will receive friends at the church Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service.
Memorial service will be Thursday, January 10, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at Christ Lutheran Church, 5987 Williams Lake Rd., Waterford. Pastor Peggy Rose officiating. Inurnment will take place at Great Lakes National Cemetery, Holly.
Due to floral allergies, in lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Christ Lutheran Church or the Salvation Army.
Don Smith was my uncle and I have countless wonderful memories of spending time with him. He was a joy to be with—he was there with you and paid attention, had wonderful stories, took you to do neat things (one of my favorite photos is our eldest daughter helping put Don’s apples on the conveyor belt for the fall pressing at the cider mill), and could see—and share—the humor in so many of life’s interactions. One of dearest memories is of him laughing so hard that you couldn’t see his eyes and he could barely finish a story—and that happened every time we were together.
I will definitely miss Don—I can only dream of being as human and helpful as he was. God bless him and his family.
Don Smith and his family growing up on Waterford Hill a beautiful, loving and caring family great memories!!!
Also our Lotus Lake Elementary School principal.
Sorry Bruce and Dave for your Dad's loss.
Hugs and Love xoxo
A LIFELONG FRIENDSHIP starting with playing together in a sandbox at a preschool age. Attending the same school, flying together, boating together in the lakes of Oakland County to visiting together at lunch in the Lockwood of Waterford dinning room. That is 90 years of joyful friendship.