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James Smith

April 20, 1944 — May 9, 2020

Services will be held at a later date.


James Allen Smith, son of Levern “Pete” and Eileen (Kinnick) Smith, was born on April 20, 1944 in Carroll, Iowa.  He grew up on the Smith farm northeast of Coon Rapids and graduated from Coon Rapids High School in 1962.  He attended Simpson College but returned to Coon Rapids to farm with his father through the 1970’s.  Jim then worked for Kelly Tractor Company in Florida for many years, but returned to Iowa in 2001.


Jim enjoyed driving through the countryside in his pickup truck, checking the height of the corn, and watching the cattle graze.  He loved the rural farm country where he lived.


He is remembered for his hearty laugh and big smile…often accompanied by a big bear hug.  He was a life-long member of the United Methodist Church, where his greatest joy came from singing tenor in the choir.  Music was something he loved throughout his lifetime.


Jim passed away at the Accura Healthcare of Ogden, Iowa following a stroke on Saturday, May 9, 2020. He was 76 years of age.


Jim was preceded in death by his parents.


He is survived by his four brothers and their families:  Bill Smith and wife Nancy of Hollister, MO; TK Smith of Indianapolis, IN; Barry Smith of Norman, OK; and Paul Smith of Spicer, MN; other relatives and friends.


Ohde Funeral Home in Coon Rapids is in charge of arrangements.

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