James L. “Jim” Smith of Otsego, Michigan passed away Thursday, February 3, 2011. Mr. Smith was born February 24, 1917 in Delaware County, Indiana to Cecil and Letta (Besser) Smith.
Farming was his passion. For 35 years he was employed with Michigan Bell Telephone Co.
On August 20, 1939, in Gobles he was married to Leona Kelly. Surviving are his wife of 71 years, Leona; three daughters, Janet (Bob) Cushman and Carol (Donald) VerHage and Shirley Hayse, all of Otsego; a daughter-in-law, Roxie Smith of Lyons, Colorado; 13 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. Jim was preceded in death by his son, Larry Smith; and a son-in-law, Daniel Hayse.
In keeping with his wishes cremation has taken place. A private graveside service will be held at Alamo Center Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers contributions in memory of Jim may be made to the United Methodist Church of Otsego or Alamo Nursing Home.
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