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James V. Smith American Veteran

James Virgil Smith, 79, of Findlay passed away on Wednesday, August 1, 2012 at Bridge Hospice Care Center. Jim was born on May 21,1933 to Frank and Maudie (Erford) Smith in Hoytville, Ohio. Jim was a Korean War Veteran serving in the Army as a Corporal. During his time in the service, Jim was on a tour in Austria, and attended the Southeastern Signal School in Camp Gordon, GA, where he was certified as a cryptographer. Jim worked for General Dynamics (Lima Tank Plant) for 28 years, retiring in 1994. Jim was a member of St. Michael the Archangel Parish, and the Ralph D. Cole American Legion Post #3.

Jim is survived by his wife of 51 years, Marie (Schreiner) Smith; children, Lynn (Timothy) Granatir, of Perrysburg, OH, Paul (DeAnn) Smith, of Fostoria, OH, Karen (Michael) Hopkinson, of Walbridge, OH, Ronald Foster – Smith (Partner Wood), of Minneapolis, MN, Michael (Pam) Smith, of Rockford, IL, and Andrew (Christina) Smith, of  Van Buren, OH; grandchildren, Brian and Michelle Granatir, Taylor and Drew Smith, Ashley, Josh, and Tyler Hopkinson, Chantyl and Mykela Bray, Jenna and Melayna Smith, and Zachary, Isaac, and Alexandria Smith; and sister, Marilyn (Jim) Drummer, of Wrightsville, PA. Jim was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Erford and Franklin Smith; and sisters, Marjorie Wilhelm, Maxine Boes, and Dorothy Smith.

Friends and family may visit on Friday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at HUFFORD FAMILY FUNERAL HOME, 1500 Manor Hill Rd, Findlay (419-422-1500). A Celebration of Jim’s life will be held on Saturday, at 10 a.m. at St. Michael the Archangel Parish (East).  Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, and gifts, memorial contribution’s in Jim’s  name may be made to Bridge Home Health and Hospice.

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  1. Jim was my supervisor at General Dynamics. I can honestly say he was the best supervisor I have ever had in my life. I truly enjoyed working for him. He was a great mentor for me. He was like a father figure. I learned so much under his leadership. He was so knowledgeable and so organized and was willing to teach me all that he knew. I will always be eternally grateful for that. I will always keep your family in my prayers. May God bless you and keep you.

  2. Marie & Family:

    My deepest condolences on Jim’s passing. Sitting around your dinner table on US 23, there was always a quiet moment while Jim was thinking how to get even with his prankster children, or his supervision while we tried to install a basketball hoop in front of your house. He was a quiet, but intelligent gentleman and always a pleasure to have a conversation with.

  3. Toni Geren & Jenny Montgomery August 2, 2012 at 9:07 pm

    It has been our privilge to serve and get to know James and Marie while taking care of their beloved Peanut, and in earlier years, their beloved Punkin. I didn’t know James as well as many of you all, but I know a gentle and kind man when I see one. God bless your family during this time.

  4. Tony, Gail and Logan Marshall August 3, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    Andy, Christina, and all the Smith family,
    Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time.

  5. Jim was a loving and kind father, Dad and friend. He will be missed by all who had the honor of knowing him. My heart and love and prayers is with you all.


  7. Karen and family,
    I am sorry to hear of your loss. You will be in our prayers.

  8. I worked with Jim one summer in the Fostoria Foundry office when I was in college. He was a nice guy and always a gentleman. I offer my sympathy and prayers to the family. — John Pocs, Fostoria

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