James Smith

James Leroy Smith

September 14, 1934 - July 7, 2019
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James Leroy Smith, 84, of Clinton, Iowa passed away at home on Sunday July 7, 2019. Funeral services will take place at 1 pm on Thursday, July 11, at Lemke Funeral Homes – South Chapel (2610 Manufacturing Dr.). A visitation will occur 2 hours prior from 11 am until the service hour at the funeral home. Burial takes place at Clinton Lawn Cemetery. Lemke Funeral Homes assisted the family with arrangements.

James was born September 14, 1934 in Clinton, Iowa the son of James P. and Bessie (Comstock) Smith. He was a veteran of the Korean War.

James was united in marriage to Mary Frank on September 29, 1958 in Clinton, Iowa – she passed away in 1982. Later, he married Betty Arey – she passed away in 2014.

James was baptized into the Methodist faith. He worked at John Deere, in the foundry, retiring after 20 years.

He loved the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing. He was a proficient wood worker and beekeeper. He enjoyed socializing with his family and friends at cookouts and the Holiday’s. Above all, he loved his entire family very much and will be sadly missed.

James is survived by his children - George (Pam) Kramer of Clinton, IA; Bob (Brenda) Kramer of Rock Island, IL; James (Melody) Smith of Clinton, IA, Rick (Laura Mae) Ledesma of Lexington, MO, Teresa (Greg) Thomson of Clinton, IA, Teresa Jewell of Clinton, IA, Deb Smith of Clinton, IA, Danny Arey of Clinton, IA, Jake Arey of Indianola, IA, Laura Lou Arey of Clinton, IA; 22 grandchildren, 38 great-grandchildren (with 1 on the way); 4 great-great grandchildren (with 1 on the way); with many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Preceding James in death were his parents; his first wife Mary, his second wife Betty; his sisters – Norma Winter, Sally Rose Bieber, Infant sister – Joanne; his brother – Jack Smith and Leo Smith; daughter – Linda Kramer; son – Edward Arey; son in-law Richard Jewell; 3 grandchildren, 1 great grandchild.

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  • Visitation

    Thursday July 11, 2019 | 11:00am - 1:00pm
    Thursday July 11, 2019 11:00am - 1:00pm
    Lemke Funeral Homes - South Chapel
    2610 Manufacturing DR.
    Clinton, IA 52732
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Thursday July 11, 2019 | 1:00pm
    Thursday July 11, 2019 1:00pm
    Lemke Funeral Homes South Chapel
    2610 Manufacturing DR.
    Clinton, IA 52732
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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Jeff kevin

Posted at 11:47am
Deb, So sorry for your loss, thoughts and prayers your way. Jeff and Kevin , Earls Service.

Janis (Divers) Nimmick

Posted at 01:06pm
So sorry to hear that Jim has passed. He will be missed by all who have known him. To all of his family, my deepest sympathies.

Mary Stopher

Posted at 09:09am
I feel blessed to have known James. He seemed to me to be a man of few words, but when he spoke, it meant something. I appreciated his talent of woodworking of which he was proud of. He always had a smile for me. To his family; I am deeply sorry for your loss. May you all find peace and comfort in cherished memories of James. Sincerely, Mary Stopher

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