James Smith

1929 - 2013

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James Smith

March 26, 1929 — Aug. 4, 2013

Jim Smith of Weston passed away on Aug. 4, 2013, at Willowbrook Terrace in Pendlton at the age of 84 years.

A memorial service will be held on Aug. 30, 2013, at 11 a.m. at the Weston Memorial Hall in Weston.

Jim was born on March 26, 1929, in Newburg, Mo., to Clarence and Elsie Smith. His childhood was spent as a country boy in Missouri, where he enjoyed animals — he had dogs, a cow and an old mule. His dad was glad when he traded the old mule off. Jim had numerous jobs in St. Louis. He set pins in a bowling alley, worked for the Frisco Railroad Co. and later was employed at Ft. Leonard Wood in Missouri.

Jim came to Weston in 1946 and while there he met his future wife, Florence Lamm. He enlisted in the Navy on Jan. 29, 1948, and served during the Korean War on a tanker. On April 9, 1951, he married Florence Lamm in Clarkston, Wash. Jim was honorably discharged from the Navy on Dec. 21, 1951, having served three years and 10 months. In 1952 he went to work for Douglas Aircraft in Long Beach, Calif., before moving in 1953 back to Weston, where he began working for the Umatilla Co. Road Department as a grader operator. In 1991, Jim retired as a truck foreman. He worked 38 years for the county. After retirement Jim enjoyed many years of fishing with his buddies and playing music with his friends at the Blue Mt. Old Time Fiddlers Association.

Survivors include his wife, Florence of Weston; sons, Raymond Smith of Phoenix, Robert (Debi) Smith of Athena, Randy (Val) Smith of Meacham, Ore.; sister, Marjorie Anderson of Forest Grove, Ore.; and numerous nieces, nephews and step-grandchildren. His parents; granddaughter, Chasta Smith; brother, Carson Smith; and step-grandson, Jeffery Beers, all preceded him in death.

To leave a condolence online visit: www.munsellerhodes.com.

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