Western Slope Obituaries for 4-13: Donald M. Smith; Virginia Ann (Greer) Schlappe; Inez Oniece Ruble | TheFencePost.com

Western Slope Obituaries for 4-13: Donald M. Smith; Virginia Ann (Greer) Schlappe; Inez Oniece Ruble

Donald M. Smith, age 76, of Chandler, Ariz., and Colorado, passed away on March 22, 2009, in Arizona, following a lengthy illness.

He was born on Jan. 24, 1933, in Denver, Colo., and grew up in Steamboat Springs, Colo. He graduated from Steamboat Springs High School in 1951.

After graduating, Don enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps, and served with Platoon 5, San Diego, Calif. He served his country in the Korean War.

Don married his wife of 53 years, Della Ruth Craig, on Jan. 21, 1956.

During his career, he worked in the oil fields but ultimately settled on a career in auto parts, first managing the Sinclair Service Station (also known as Don’s Sinclair). He also sold auto parts for Miller Sales, Craig Sales, Chuck Connor Motors, Valley Service, and Victory Motors. The culmination of his years as a parts salesman was the management and eventual ownership of Four Seasons Auto Parts in Steamboat Springs from 1975 to 1990.

Don and Ruth enjoyed their motor home, boating and wintering in Chandler, Ariz.

He is survived by his loving wife, Della Ruth; son Chuck Smith; daughters Deb and husband Butch Nelson, and Bev and husband David Reyher; grandchildren Kaycee and family, Sara, Joel & Justin, Jamie, Chad and family, Ben, Jacob and family, Andrew and family. He is also survived by his brother Frank Smith and wife Kathy; and mother-in-law Stella Craig.

He was preceded in death by his parents; infant daughter Janie Marie Smith; infant granddaughter Brandi Jo Smith; step-father Cody Shinn, and father-in-law Charlie Craig.

Services were held on March 28 at Grant Mortuary Chapel. Interment followed at Craig Cemetery.

Donald M. Smith, age 76, of Chandler, Ariz., and Colorado, passed away on March 22, 2009, in Arizona, following a lengthy illness.

He was born on Jan. 24, 1933, in Denver, Colo., and grew up in Steamboat Springs, Colo. He graduated from Steamboat Springs High School in 1951.

After graduating, Don enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps, and served with Platoon 5, San Diego, Calif. He served his country in the Korean War.

Don married his wife of 53 years, Della Ruth Craig, on Jan. 21, 1956.

During his career, he worked in the oil fields but ultimately settled on a career in auto parts, first managing the Sinclair Service Station (also known as Don’s Sinclair). He also sold auto parts for Miller Sales, Craig Sales, Chuck Connor Motors, Valley Service, and Victory Motors. The culmination of his years as a parts salesman was the management and eventual ownership of Four Seasons Auto Parts in Steamboat Springs from 1975 to 1990.

Don and Ruth enjoyed their motor home, boating and wintering in Chandler, Ariz.

He is survived by his loving wife, Della Ruth; son Chuck Smith; daughters Deb and husband Butch Nelson, and Bev and husband David Reyher; grandchildren Kaycee and family, Sara, Joel & Justin, Jamie, Chad and family, Ben, Jacob and family, Andrew and family. He is also survived by his brother Frank Smith and wife Kathy; and mother-in-law Stella Craig.

He was preceded in death by his parents; infant daughter Janie Marie Smith; infant granddaughter Brandi Jo Smith; step-father Cody Shinn, and father-in-law Charlie Craig.

Services were held on March 28 at Grant Mortuary Chapel. Interment followed at Craig Cemetery.

Donald M. Smith, age 76, of Chandler, Ariz., and Colorado, passed away on March 22, 2009, in Arizona, following a lengthy illness.

He was born on Jan. 24, 1933, in Denver, Colo., and grew up in Steamboat Springs, Colo. He graduated from Steamboat Springs High School in 1951.

After graduating, Don enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps, and served with Platoon 5, San Diego, Calif. He served his country in the Korean War.

Don married his wife of 53 years, Della Ruth Craig, on Jan. 21, 1956.

During his career, he worked in the oil fields but ultimately settled on a career in auto parts, first managing the Sinclair Service Station (also known as Don’s Sinclair). He also sold auto parts for Miller Sales, Craig Sales, Chuck Connor Motors, Valley Service, and Victory Motors. The culmination of his years as a parts salesman was the management and eventual ownership of Four Seasons Auto Parts in Steamboat Springs from 1975 to 1990.

Don and Ruth enjoyed their motor home, boating and wintering in Chandler, Ariz.

He is survived by his loving wife, Della Ruth; son Chuck Smith; daughters Deb and husband Butch Nelson, and Bev and husband David Reyher; grandchildren Kaycee and family, Sara, Joel & Justin, Jamie, Chad and family, Ben, Jacob and family, Andrew and family. He is also survived by his brother Frank Smith and wife Kathy; and mother-in-law Stella Craig.

He was preceded in death by his parents; infant daughter Janie Marie Smith; infant granddaughter Brandi Jo Smith; step-father Cody Shinn, and father-in-law Charlie Craig.

Services were held on March 28 at Grant Mortuary Chapel. Interment followed at Craig Cemetery.