Donald W. “Clinger” Clingersmith

Age 82, of Holt, MI, passed away January 27, 2019. Donald was born July 13, 1936, in Lansing, MI, to the late David and June Clingersmith.

Donald proudly served as a corpsman in the Navy. He graduated from MSU and was one of the first in their computer school. He worked in data processing for Oldsmobile, and also worked in Brazil and enjoyed traveling back there. He loved to play golf with his friends and he attended the inaugural “Newberry Open” over 30 years ago and almost every year since.

Clinger loved pie; he would drive anywhere for a slice! He proudly made his world famous grilled cheese for his grandchildren. He also loved spontaneous travel – always on the back roads. Donald was well liked by everyone and was known for his humor. He will be deeply missed.

He is survived by his loving wife of 25 years, Linda Clingersmith; 7 children, Terry, Donna (Dan Stockwell), Tom, Jim Clingersmith; Wendy (Jeff) Mohrenweiser, Ryan (Nathan Hiebeck) Feier, and Derek (Lori) Feier; 15 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Patricia Kirkham, and uncle Truman Smith.

The funeral service will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 31, 2019, at the First Presbyterian Church of Holt, 2021 N. Aurelius Rd. His family will receive friends beginning at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to the MSU Alumni Association, Alzheimer’s Association, or to a charity of one’s choice. Arrangements are by the Estes-Leadley Holt/Delhi Chapel.

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Lexi Feier
January 28, 2019 at 3:46 pm

Rest In Peace grandpa. We miss you so much already.

Lois & Rudi Semen
January 28, 2019 at 3:51 pm

He was a wonderful man. He won my heart when he told me he had loved my Aunt Linda since first seeing her in seventh grade! What a sweet heart he had.
He will certainly be missed and remembered by those who knew him.

Jaime Grant
January 28, 2019 at 4:30 pm

I am so sorry for your loss. Clinger’s smile, humor and warm spirit will live in my heart—always. Praying for your strength and peace during this difficult time.

Derek Feier
January 28, 2019 at 6:14 pm

Getting to know Don was easy and i knew my mom picked a winner.. Don is certainly one of a kind who had a big heart and his smile would make anybody having a bad day turn into a good day. He will be dearly missed. God be with you Don

Lynne Stockwell
January 28, 2019 at 10:13 pm

So grateful to share pie with Don. Sad to say goodbye to such a fun man who loved his family in sweet ways.

Tom Erb
January 29, 2019 at 12:22 pm

What a clever, bright, good humored friend to have for so many years at Oldsmobile Engineering. Our sincere condolences to the family, he will be missed by many.

Molly Eguchi
January 29, 2019 at 8:50 pm

I am so sorry for your terrible loss. If Donna’s warmth, big heart, and fun personality is any indication of the kind of man Mr. Clingersmith was, i’ Certain he was a gem. I’m sorry I never got to meet him. I wish you all comfort.

Fred and Celia Hilbrand
January 30, 2019 at 3:53 pm

Our deepest sympathy to all of the family.
Praying for your comfort and peace.
We met Don when my father died in 2002- we had crash course in family we hadn’t yet had the privlege of meeting. Don was dear right from the first time we met him! We were quickly inducted into the “We brake for pie” philosophy of life, while on a road trip. A gentle soul, of which the world needs more of.
You are surely missed Uncle Don
Fred and Celia Hilbrand

Mike & Jane Calhoun
January 30, 2019 at 8:26 pm

Rest in peace Don! Prayers to your family for comfort. My dad passed in 2014 & was a great friend of Don & Linda. While dad was in the hospital, Don & Linda was great in showing their love to him & comfort us thru the tough times. Dad had alot of stories of the Newberry outings & the many rounds of golf with Don & Bill Vanepps.


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