James L. Smith

James L. Smith

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.

Condolences for the family may be offered at http://www.WinkelFuneralHome.com

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  1. Bill & Brenda Standish says:

    We are sorry to hear of the loss of your husband, father and grandfather. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Your friends, Bill & Brenda

  2. Jim and Yvonne Watson says:

    Sorry to hear of the passing of your loved one, and our dear friend. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.
    Jim and Yvonne Watson

  3. Steve & Sally Laws says:

    We are sorry for your loss. Jim has left me with great memory’s of day’s on the farm with my dad & Jim when i was very young. All the fishing trip’s to canada will never be forgotten. Im sure he and dad are in heaven farming and fishing. Love Steve & Sally

  4. Rich & Judy Haugh says:

    Our sympathys to each and every one! Jim will long be remembered for his bright smile and friendly ways. He will be sorely missed by many!

  5. Ron & Darlene Hoover says:

    Sorry to hear of your loss.
    Working on the farm with Jim and Larry when I was a teenager brings back many wonderful
    memories. I am very thankful for that time.
    Our hearts are with the entire family. We will miss him.



  7. Bill & Sharon Salters says:

    We are sad to hear of Jim’s passing, in the years we have known him and Leona and family, we’ve enjoyed them very much. The paper misquoted his age though, he said many, many times, he is 39 twice, plus a few.

  8. Shirley and Don Brown Flossie Wesler says:

    Sorry for you loss. Its always so hard to say goodbye. We are thinking of you all. Your in our prayers.

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