James R. Smith, 89 of Warsaw, Indiana passed away at 10:30 am Tuesday March 5, 2013 at Health Park Lee Memorial Hospital, Fort Myers, Florida.
On August 14, 1923, he was born in Hobart, Indiana to Rex E. and Jennie (Huffer) Smith. He married Mary Lou Eherenman on June 22, 1947 in Warsaw.
A lifetime resident of Warsaw, James honorably served our country in the U.S. Army during World War II from 1943 – 1945 in the European Theater. He served as a Private with the 12th Armored Division and Troop A 92nd Cavalry Recon Squad, receiving a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star.
James worked as shop supervisor for Union Tool Company for 36 years. He was a member of Warsaw Community Church and was a lifetime member of American Legion Post #49 and V.F.W. Post #1126, Warsaw. He was also a member of Disabled American Veterans.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Lou Smith, Warsaw; three daughters, Sandra (and spouse Bill) Volk, Urbana, Illinois, Sharon Carey, Warsaw and Susan (and spouse Rick) Weed, Warsaw; eleven grandchildren, Anne (and spouse Brook) Johnson, Adam (and spouse Emily) Volk, Nathan (and spouse Torrie) Carey, Amy (and spouse Jed) Trefren, J.D. (and spouse Callie) Carey, Caleb Carey, Mark Carey, Amanda (and spouse Daniel) Moore, Angie (and spouse Brandon) Schmitt, Sarah (and spouse Scott) Stinson, Ashley (and spouse Preston) Singleton and nineteen great grandchildren.
James was preceded in death by three grandchildren, Nicholas, Levi and Alissa Carey and sisters, Marybelle Funnell, Frances Blackford and Audrey Decker.
A funeral service will be held at 1:30 pm Saturday, March 9, 2013 at McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapel, Warsaw with Pastor Bryan Koorey, Pastor Scott Turskey, Pastor Jeff Pfeifer and Reverend Paul Tinkel officiating. Burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery, Warsaw with military honors by American Legion Post #49 and V.F.W. Post #1126, Warsaw.
Visitation hours will be from 5:00 – 8:00 pm Friday, March 8, 2013 at the funeral chapel.
Memorial contributions may be made to Allowing Christ to Shine (ACTS), P.O. Box 841, Warsaw, Indiana 46581 or Doctors Without Borders, 333 Seventh Avenue, New York, New York 60001-6004.