Daylis Smith, 65, of Des Moines died Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013, at the VA Medical Center in Des Moines.
A public graveside service for Daylis will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 at Evergreen Cemetery in Collins. Memorial contributions may be directed in Daylis’ name to his family. For further information or to send a condolence visit www.mitchellfh.com or call (641) 844-1234. Mitchell Family Funeral Home is caring for Daylis and his family.
Daylis Laverne Smith was born in Des Moines on June 30, 1948, the son of Donald and Doris (McElwee) Smith. He received his education in Collins. Daylis joined the United States Navy at the age of 17 and served two years in Vietnam as an engineer
fireman. He received the Bronze Star and Purple Heart, along with other commendations and recognition for acts of bravery and
service. Daylis was a lifelong truck driver. He was also an avid Harley Davidson fan and rider.
Daylis is survived by his son, Darin Smith; his mother, Doris; two brothers, Doug Smith of Fort Collins, Colo., and Randy Smith of Collins.
He was preceded in death by his father, Donald Smith.