James Wilson Smith
James W. Smith
James Wilson Smith

March 23, 1934 - April 15, 2018
Resided in Des Moines, Iowa
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James Wilson Smith, 84, passed away peacefully in his sleep at his daughter, Jamie Smith's home in Albert Lea, Minnesota, on Sunday April 15th, 2018. He was making plans for new adventures with his daughter, grandchildren and great granddaughters. To our family's sorrow he is on his final adventure.

James was born March 23rd, 1934 to Max and Almah Smith, the second of six children. In December 1949 he moved with his family from Fontanelle to Des Moines, Iowa. James joined the military in 1951 and served in the Korean War. His family is very proud of his service. When he returned home he worked as a carpenter and was co-owner of Smith Brothers Buildings.

James enjoyed living at Stone Crest apartments and looked forward to his visits with his neighbors. He also enjoyed his coffee and conversations at the Euclid HyVee. His greatest joy was spending time with his daughter, Jamie Lea, his grandchildren, and his great granddaughters.

James is survived by his brothers, Ernie Smith (Darlene) of Knoxville, Iowa and Ronnie Smith (Kim) of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; his sister, Maxine Murray of Des Moines; sisters-in-law, Marie Smith of Des Moines and Linda Smith of Independence, Missouri; his daughter, Jamie Lea Smith (Clint Anderson) of Albert Lea; grandchildren, Maisen Ochoa of Forest City, Iowa, Avery Ochoa of Marshall, Minnesota, Daly (Jordan Reichow) Ochoa and Cheyenne (Matt Hruza) Ochoa of Albert Lea and many nephews and nieces. As well as his biggest joys in life, his great granddaughters, Aubrianna Ochoa and Harper Jo Reichow.

James was preceded in death by his parents, Max and Almah Smith; brothers, Charles Edward Smith and Max Smith; brother-in-law, Mike Murray and a grandson, Jameson D.K Bridges.

My dad did everything in life his way and on his time. He had this amazing way of telling stories and his witty sometimes inappropriate humor was like no other. Family always came first. He loved all of us with every ounce of his heart. He would do anything for anyone. He seriously was the most giving man I will ever know. My world will never be the same without my daddy and my best friend. I will make him proud by keeping his family first motto living!


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Grandview Park Funeral Home
3211 Hubbell Avenue
Des Moines, IA US 50317
Saturday, April 21, 2018
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Glendale Cemetery
4909 University Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50311
Saturday, April 21, 2018
11:30 AM


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3211 Hubbell Avenue
Des Moines, IA US 50317