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James "Jim" M. Smith

February 20, 1941 January 7, 2019
James "Jim" M. Smith
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James “Jim” Manley Smith, 77, of West Branch passed away January 7, 2019 at Solon Care Center surrounded by his loving family.

A Memorial Service will be at 12:00 pm on Friday, January 11th at Lensing Funeral and Cremation Service, 605 Kirkwood Avenue, Iowa City, where family will greet friends from 10 am to 12pm prior to the service. The family would like to invite everyone to a luncheon at The Kirkwood Room following the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Iowa City Hospice, America Parkinson Disease Association, or West Branch First Responders.

James Manley Smith was born February 20, 1941 in Kewanee, Illinois, to Paul and Jessie (Himes) Smith. He graduated from Toulon High School before serving in the United States Army, where he was honorably discharged as PVT. Jim fell in love and on January 29, 1972, he married Judy Hamilton in Rock Island, IL. The couple settled in West Branch in 1974, where they raised their children, Kurt and JJ Smith.

Jim worked as an insulator for various companies, becoming a Business Manager at one time. He retired in 1996, after 25 years as an insulator. He also was a member of the CAVE (Citizens Against Virtually Everything) Coffee Club and Local 81 Heat & Frost Insulators, a labor union based in Cedar Rapids.

He was a Chicago Cubs and Bears fan and loved to cheer them on. He also loved gambling, especially if it was Blackjack. Above all, he loved spending time with his grandchildren.

Jim is survived by his wife, Judy of West Branch; children, Kurt Smith and JJ (Julie) Smith, both of West Branch; brother, Roger (Alice) Smith of Phoenix, AZ, and grandchildren, Maycee, Sadie, and McGavin.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Jessie Smith.


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Greeting

Friday

11

Jan

10:00 AM 1/11/2019 10:00:00 AM - 12:00 PM 1/11/2019 12:00:00 PM
Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service -- Iowa City

605 Kirkwood Avenue
Iowa City, IA 52240

Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service -- Iowa City
605 Kirkwood Avenue Iowa City 52240 IA
United States

Service

Friday

11

Jan

12:00 PM 1/11/2019 12:00:00 PM
Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service -- Iowa City

605 Kirkwood Avenue
Iowa City, IA 52240

Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service -- Iowa City
605 Kirkwood Avenue Iowa City 52240 IA
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

St. Joseph's Cemetery Final Resting Place

1122 N. Dodge Street
Iowa City, Iowa 52245

1122 N. Dodge Street Iowa City 52245 Iowa
United States

Memorial Contribution

West Branch First Responders

West Branch Fire & Rescue
PO Box 218; 105 S. Second Street
West Branch , Iowa 52358

American Parkinson Disease Association -- Iowa Chapter

1200 Pleasant St
Des Moines , IA 50309

Iowa City Hospice

1025 Wade Street
Iowa City, IA 52240
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