Daniel F. Smyth, 77, of Burlington, died Monday, July 8, 2019 at Great River Medical Center.
Born on June 3, 1942 in Burlington, IA, he was the son of Horace and Frances Smyth. He married Janis Gisser on September 24, 1966 in Mt. Pleasant, IA. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Carpenters Union of America, the Eagles Club and the Moose Lodge.
Daniel enlisted in the United States Marine Corps on August 6, 1959 and was honorably discharged on September 17, 1963; Camp Pendleton San Diego, CA. He was deployed on foreign and sea service. He was in the Marine Corps Reserves until September 17, 1965. He was awarded his Expert Pistol and Expert Rifleman Badges. He received his GED from the San Diego Junior College.
Daniel was an expert of Carpentry prior to owning and operating RoWay Doors of Burlington, a garage door sales, service and installation company, for 39 years. He enjoyed going fishing with his son, watching TV with his daughter and taking his granddaughter to the roller rink. He enjoyed reading the newspaper, studying the Bible and helping those less fortunate. He was often taken advantage of by the local townspeople due to his generous nature. His other hobbies included shooting guns, motorcycle riding, and chauffeuring people around town who didn't have cars.
Survivors include a son, Bradley Smyth of Burlington (still operating the family business RoWay Doors); a daughter Valerie Hobbs of Chicago, IL; one granddaughter, Brandy Smyth of Burlington; one great-grandson Cayden Young; sister Joyce (Fred) Rauscher of Lockridge, IA and Stephen (Linda) Smyth of New London, IA; two grand-dogs, Ada Rae and Tiny Guy; nieces, nephews, cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, and two brothers John Smyth and Paul (Agnes) Smyth.
A visitation will be held at Lunning Chapel on Sunday, July 14 from 12 to 2 with the memorial funeral service at 2:00pm at Lunning Chapel. Pastor Larry Dodds will officiate.
Military rites will be conducted by the Hamilton Walters Marine Corp League.
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Val & Brad, I am so sorry for your loss. Really nice photo tribute to your dad - so many memories in all those old photos of the Lawn Street house. Love the pic of you (Val) on the couch in the blue/green top where he is gazing down at you. Treasure those memories. Love, JB.
I am very sorry for the family of Dan in this time of his loss. I met Dan in the early 1980's when I went to work for him at his overhead door business. He was a great person to know and work for and he treated everyone with respect and kindly. As far as I am concerned you could not meet a nicer guy than Dan. Heaven has definitely gained another angel. Rest in peace my friend.
R.I.P. Uncle Dan. Much Respect. Semper Fi Marine. Sorry For Your Loss Val and Bradley, Love you Both.
Hi Val and Brad, we are so sorry about your Dad. He will be missed dearly! He was always so nice to my kids especially to Javi. We are thinking and praying for you both and for your Dad. Love ya cous
Semper FI . RIP Dan
Jack Hobbs , Ia.City,Ia.
I’m so sorry for your guys loss! I met Dan before with Rusty a few times and he was so nice and friendly! I’m so sorry for all your families loss in these past few months! He was a great great man!
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