James Smith

James Lee Smith

Sunday, December 14th, 1947 - Sunday, July 7th, 2019
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James L. Smith, 71, of Independence, IA died Sunday, July 7, 2019 at home in Independence, IA.

He was born on December 14, 1947, in Oelwein, IA the son of Max and Caroline (Hinrichs) Smith. He attended the country schools in rural Independence and later graduated in 1966 from Jefferson High School, Independence, IA. James went on to receive a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Arts and Math from University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, IA in 1970. On October 3, 1970 ,he was united in marriage to Marjorie Ann Lund in Brandon, IA. They made their home in Fort Dodge, IA where James taught Math and Industrial Arts at Northwest Webster/Barnum School for one year. In 1971
he started to work for the Hormel Meat Packing plant in Fort Dodge, until its closure in 1982. They moved to Elden, IA in 1982, and later to Algona, IA in 1987; and continued working for Hormel until his retirement in 2010. After his retirement, James and Margie moved to their farm in rural Independence.

James loved to work with his hands, he enjoyed wood working, and gardening.

He is survived by his wife, Margie Smith, his children; Michelle (Brian) Stevens, Cedar Rapids, IA, Chad (Jill) Smith, Cedar Falls, IA, his grandchildren; Megan Smith, Nathan Smith, Tyler Smith, Rebecca Stevens, Rachael Stevens, Justin Stevens, Jason Stevens, two brothers; Gilbert (Marie Lynch) Smith, Ames, IA, and Paul (Nancy) Smith, Monmouth, OR.

James is preceded in death by his parents; Max and Caroline Smith, and a sister-in-law, Louise “Blondie” Smith

A Funeral Service will be held at 11 AM on Thursday, July 11, 2019 at the Hope Wesleyan Church in Independence, IA with Rev. Robert Solon officiating. Burial will be held at Mt. Hope Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, July 10, 2019 from 5 until 8 PM at the Reiff Family Center and Funeral Home in Independence, IA.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, July 10th, 2019 | 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    Wednesday, July 10th, 2019 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    Reiff Family Center - Independence
    216 3rd Ave SE
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  • Service

    Thursday, July 11th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Thursday, July 11th, 2019 11:00am
    Hope Wesleyan Church
    505 4th Ave NE
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    Rev. Bob Solon
  • Interment

    Mt. Hope Cemetery
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Robert W. Hughes

Posted at 04:09pm
I was one of Jim's 1966 class mates. I am very sorry for your loss. I will keep you in my prayers.
Robert W. Hughes

Jerry Van Horssen

Posted at 10:01am
Dear Margie and family, we are so sorry to hear of James passing. Now he is with his Lord and Savior, the day each of us live for but never know when it will be.
James was a caring, loving person always ready to welcome someone or give a helping hand to those needing assistance or he observed was suffering in a personal way.
Thanking each of you for your friendship and willingness to help us out a time or two.
Praying for you and your family to be sustained by God’s Grace and Power in this difficult time.

Jerry and Norma Van Horssen

Mary A Kohlhaas

Posted at 09:00am
Deasr Margie
I am so sorry to hear about James. You two were the best of friends and i know you will miss.
He was always so kind and had such a welcoming smile. God Bless you and your family as you go
forward without James.
Mary Kohlhaas

Patricia Harkin

Posted at 11:55am
Margie & Family,
Words can't express how saddened we are to hear of the loss of James. May our memories bring comfort and peace to all of us that loved him. We are thinking of you and your family and sending prayers of comfort and love.
Valonne Langeman, Patricia Harkin, Dick Wessels and Jerry Wessels (the "children" of Bob and Margaret (Hinrichs) Wessels

Valonne Langeman Posted at 07:48am

James was a wonderful guy. We have many fond memories of him. He will be missed. God bless all of you.

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