Daylis Smith, 65, of Des Moines, Iowa, passed away on Sunday, November 17, 2013, at the VA Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa.

Public graveside services for Daylis were held Saturday, December 7, 2013 at Evergreen Cemetery located in Collins, Iowa. Memorial Contributions may be directed in Daylis’s name to his family. For further information or to send a condolence please visit or call (641) 844-1234. Mitchell Family Funeral Home is caring for Daylis and his family.

Daylis Laverne Smith was born in Des Moines, Iowa, on June 30, 1948, the son of Donald and Doris (McElwee) Smith. He received his education in Collins, Iowa. 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, Colorado and Randy Smith of Collins, Iowa.

He was preceded in death by his father, Donald Smith.