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James L. SmithMay 24, 1929 ~ June 11, 2017 (age 88)
James L. Smith, age 88 of Grand Haven passed away Sunday, June 11, 2017. Jim was born May 24, 1929 to Jim C. and Arlevia (Taylor) Smith in Hunter, Arkansas. He married Emma (Jean) Baumgarner on March 14, 1953. Jim worked for Sealed Power and retired in 1991. He was a member of First Christian Reformed Church. Jim was known by his friends as the man who could fix anything. He enjoyed tinkering with things, building windmills and bird houses. He also enjoyed camping, traveling and tending to his garden. Jim took great pleasure in bird watching. Jim will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Jean; daughter, Ronda DeYoung of Grand Haven; grandchildren, Shelby (Todd) Trouwski of Livonia, Jason DeYoung of Grand Haven; great-grandchildren, Brayden and Cameron; sisters, Donnie (Donald) Sisney, Billye Robertson; brothers, Robert Smith, Kenneth (Mary Lou) Smith all of Arkansas. He was preceded in death by his sisters, Jackie Hyatt, Betty Stribbling, Melba J. Smith and Ada Crisco. The memorial service for Jim will be 11:00 am Thursday, June 15, 2017 at Klaassen Family Funeral Home with Pastor Tom Pettinga officiating. Interment will be in Lake Forest Cemetery. Visitation will take place one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to First Christian Reformed Church or Hospice of North Ottawa Community. Please visit www.klaassenfuneralhome.com to sign Jim’s online guest book.
First Christian Reformed Church
516 S. Ferry, Grand Haven MI 49417
Hospice of North Ottawa Community
1309 Sheldon Road, Grand Haven MI 49417