James M. Smith

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James "Jim" Malcolm Smith, 90, of Greenfield, Indiana passed away surrounded by loved ones on June 25, 2019. He was born on October 12, 1928 in Brookville, Indiana to Robert Louis Smith and Sarah Elizabeth (Reese) Smith.

Jim began his career as a communications chief in the US Army. He attained the rank of staff sergeant and was a veteran of the Korean War. Jim maintained active membership with his local VFW and American Legion posts for many years following his military service. As a civilian, Jim continued his career in communications as an employee of GTE and served as President of the CWA Local 5770, receiving special recognition for his work with the union's political action program. He was a charter member of Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Rushville, Indiana where he served in various capacities including Sunday school teacher, President of the congregation, Deacon and Elder. In 2000, he and his family became members of Faith Lutheran Church, Greenfield, Indiana.

Jim was an avid gardener who also enjoyed winemaking. His love of music led him to form a band while in the Army and inspired his extensive record collection. Jim also loved to draw and create humorous comics and cartoons to amuse his children. In retirement, Jim enjoyed reading books from his vast library, fishing near his hometown, watching classic movies, and visiting with family and friends.

Of all his accomplishments, the most meaningful to him was being a dedicated, loving and supportive husband, father and grandfather.

Jim is survived by his wife Maria Smith, his two sisters June (Joe) Turco and Claudia (Melvin) Hertel; his children, Robert (Katy) Smith, Patricia (Robert) Lynch-Donough, Shirley (Yancy) Colvin, Caroline Smith-Ferguson, and Curtis Smith; his grandchildren, Christopher Smith, Danielle Ferguson, Elizabeth Ferguson, Crystal Lynch Baugh and Daniel Lynch and seven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Sarah Elizabeth Smith, six sisters and three brothers.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, July 2, 2019, from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. at Faith Lutheran Church, 200 W. McKenzie Road, Greenfield, IN 46140. A funeral service will take place immediately following the visitation at 11:00 a.m. Rev. Wm. Daniel O'Connor will be officiating. A private committal will take place at Maple Grove Cemetery in Brookville, IN.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Building Fund for Faith Lutheran Church, Greenfield, IN or to the Walter Reed Society Warrior/Family Support Fund for combat veterans.

Friends may share a memory or condolence at www.erleweinmortuary.com. Arrangements are being handled by Erlewein Mortuary in Greenfield, Indiana.
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Lesa Jenkins
Jul 02, 2019
Saddened for your loss. Rejoicing in Heavens gain. I remember the kindness of Jim and Maria from when they patronized the Rushville Public Library. Jim was always happy. My neighbor from around the corner when I lived on 750 N. Praying for all in your days ahead.
KEISTON R.HOLLOWAY
Jul 02, 2019
ON BEHALF OF THE COMRADES AND SISTERS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF INDIANA YOU HAVE OUR DEEPEST CONDOLENCES FOR THE LOSS OF YOUR LOVED ONE AND OUR DEPARTED COMRADE.OUR PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU ALL.SINCERELY VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS OF THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF INDIANA STATE CHAPLAIN KEISTON R.HOLLOWAY
Chasney J
Jun 30, 2019
I am deeply sorry for your loss. Sending my condolences to the Smith family. May you have comfort and hope through God’s word. John 5:28,29 “Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out, those who did good things to a resurrection of life.”