Darwin B. Smith Obituary

Darwin B.  Smith
Darwin B. Smith

October 15, 1937 - October 12, 2020
Born in Des Moines, Iowa
Resided in Des Moines, Iowa
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Darwin B Smith, 82, of Des Moines, Iowa, passed away on October 12, 2020.

Born October 15, 1937, Darwin grew up in Des Moines. In his early years, he served in the U.S. Army as a cook. He went on to work for Firestone Tire and upholstered car interiors on the side. He retired from Firestone after 43 years of service. Not one to be idle, he returned to put in a few more years after his initial retirement. He loved to ride his Harley Davidson and walk around the Iowa State Fairgrounds, which is right across the street from his childhood home. Darwin was an avid learner and kept up with all the new technology; he was proficient on the computer and his iPhone. He was meticulous about his home and vehicles, always keeping his lawn perfectly manicured and his cars spotless. Every Sunday he took time to visit his children and grandchildren.

Darwin is survived by his sister, Dixie Harmeyer-Knowles; sons, Wallace (Janis) Smith and Rusty (Melissa) Smith; and his grandchildren, Emily (Dillon) Eisenlauer, Isabel Smith, Keaton Smith, Madelyn Smith, and Lochlan Smith.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Dessa (West) Smith; his father, Donald Smith; infant brother, Billy Smith; and his granddaughter, Emma Kay Victoria Smith.

A family graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 15 at Laurel Hill Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be directed to The Children’s Cancer Connection.





Family Graveside Service
Laurel Hill Cemetery
3601 East Court Avenue
Des Moines, IA US 50317
Thursday, October 15, 2020
11:00 AM


Children's Cancer Connection
2708 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50312
Condolence Cards for the Family
c/o Iles Grandview Park Funeral Home 3211 Hubbell Ave.
Des Moines, Iowa 50317