Donald J. Smalter
Donald J. Smalter, 88, of Lawrence, KS passed away February 4, 2015 after a brief illness. No public memorial services will be held. Memorial contributions may be made to World Food Program (www.wfpusa.org
) or Feed the Children (www.feedthechildren.org
Don was born in Menominee, Michigan, served in the U.S. Army in the Philippines, and graduated from Michigan Technological University with a degree in chemical engineering. He had a varied career in business and was both a writer and speaker on corporate strategic planning. He and his wife, Barbara, moved to Lawrence in 2005 to be closer to family members.
Don is survived by his wife of 65 years, Barbara Mansfield Smalter. He is also survived by their five children: Kent Smalter (Angela Nascimento), Janet Smalter (Mark Engelman), and Colleen Pederson (Todd), all of Lawrence, Ks. and Greg (Delia) Smalter and Martin (Jo) Smalter of Florida, fifteen grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Also his sister, Marilu (Basil) Duncan of Dumas, Texas.
He will be remembered by his family for a number of things, including his sincere and enduring love for his bride, his mixed marriage (he was conservative, she's liberal), his devotion to the Green Bay Packers, a fondness for ice cream, and his firm conviction that there is another life awaiting us on the other side. We hope he is now busy with his orientation in a better place.
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