Donald L. Smith, 85, of Bethlehem Twp. passed Monday, October 15, 2012 at his residence. He is the husband of Lois E. (Beltch) Smith.

Born in Bethlehem on November 18, 1926 to the late William A. and Helen (Meyers) Smith. Donald served our country faithfully in the US Navy during World War II serving with the USS Gearing.

He was a Research Technician at Homer Research Lab of the Bethlehem Steel for over 30 years until retiring. During his tenure, he was among the group who developed the Galvume Coatings. He was a member of Dart Baseball League at St. Stephen's Lutheran Church and Charter Vice President of the Freedom High School Booster Club.

Survivors: In addition to his loving wife of 63 years; daughters: Kathy L. wife of James E. Cieslak of Bethlehem, Linda L. wife of Philip Fekula of Bethlehem; siblings: Richard of Nazareth, Audrey Braden of Wind Gap; grandchildren: Emily and Ellen Cieslak, Nathan and his wife Charlotte Fekula, Lindsay and her husband Patrick Shiner; great grandchildren: Ethan, Liam and Lila Rose Fekula. Predeceased by sister: Dorothy Williams.

Services: Family and friends are invited to call 6 - 7 p.m. Thursday, October 18, 2012 at the Heintzelman Funeral Home, Inc. 326 Main Street - Hellertown followed by the service at 7 p.m. The interment will conclude services at 10 a.m. Friday at the Lower Saucon Cemetery. Rev. Dr. Robert C. Santucci will officiate the service.

Contributions: In lieu of flowers, memorials the Lehigh Valley OACIS and Lehigh Valley Hospice.

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Colleen camasta    10-18-2012

Linda, Lindsay, and family,
Tony and I want to offer our sincerest condolences at this sad time. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Colleen and Tony Camasta

President, USS Gearing Assoc

Robert K Calhoun    10-19-2012

I would like to recognize Don for his service to our country. As a proud plankowner of the USS Gearing, he will always be remembered by his fellow shipmates. We will honor him @ our reunion in Newport, RI with the ringing of the bell. I am sorry for your loss.

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