Darris E. Smit
Darris E. Smit, 81, of Grundy Center, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020, at the Grundy Care Center, following a brief illness. Private graveside services will be held at the Rosehill Cemetery in Grundy Center at a later date. Memorials may be directed to the family, who will donate funds in Darris' memory, to the Colfax Center Church in rural Holland. Memories of Darris and messages of condolence may be left for the family at www.abelsfuneralhomes.com. The Abels Funeral & Cremation Service-Engelkes Chapel in Grundy Center is caring for Darris and his family.
Darris was born on July 1, 1939, the son of Henry and Grace (Meyer) Smit. As a young man, Darris and his parents moved off the farm to live in Grundy Center, where he graduated from high school in 1957. After graduation, Darris attended the University of Iowa on a music scholarship; there, he had the privilege of playing in the University of Iowa marching band at the 1959 Rose Bowl game. Later, Darris attended AIB Business College in Des Moines and graduated with a business degree in 1961.
In 1964, Darris was drafted into the U.S. Army and served in Korea, where he played in the U.S. Military Band, that was stationed during the Korean conflict. After honorably serving his country, Darris began working as a comptroller for Ledford Engineering in Cedar Rapids, where he worked his entire business career, until his retirement.
In 1998, Darris suffered a severe stroke that left him completely paralyzed on his right side; despite his disability, he continued to live on his own in Cedar Falls, until 2015. Darris was a longtime member of the Colfax Center Presbyterian Church in rural Holland, Iowa.
Darris is preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Grace; by his siblings and their spouses, Wilbur (Sylvia) Smit, Dorothy (George) Schmitt and Vernice (Bill) Schmidt; and by his nieces and nephew, Kelly Hood, Marilyn Rose and Duane Schmitt.
He is survived by his nieces and nephews, Paul (Sharon) Smit, Kathy (Jim) Whitney, Sharlyn (Jim) Stewart, Colleen Hood, Eric Rose, Dorris (Rick) Burger, Eileen Van Kooten-Schmitt, Melinda Schmitt, Delwyn (Brenda) Schmitt and Delon (Lori) Schmitt.