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Official Obituary of

James R. Smith

October 14, 1940 ~ March 29, 2024 (age 83) 83 Years Old

James Smith Obituary

James Ruben Smith, age 83, was welcomed into the loving arms of Jesus on March 29th, 2024 due to complications of a stroke. He was born on October 14, 1940, son of the late Ruben and Irene (Ambrosious) Smith.

Jim worked hard as a dairy farmer and seed salesman for most of his life. He was very involved in St. Nicholas Catholic Church, serving as an usher, and on the Parish Finance Committee for many years. Jim loved spending time with his family, especially up North at Archibald lake, and he was an avid fisherman, hunter, gardener and beekeeper, among many other things.

Jim is survived by his wife of 60 years, Shyla (Van Schindel) Smith, and their three sons, Randy (Connie) Smith, Michael (Julie) Smith, and David (Gretchen) Smith.  Grandchildren Jerrett Smith, Jameson Smith, Trevor (Hope) Smith, Katie Smith (fiance Rob), Holly Smith (fiance Brady), and Hope Smith (special friend Sam), his brother Tom (Trudy) Smith, and sisters-in-law Bonnie (Gary) Vander Loop, and Jackie (Alan) Mazna, and brother-in-law Steve Konkle, and many nieces and nephews.

 Along with his parents he was preceded in death by his Mother and Father-in-law, Clarence and Florence (Klister) Van Schindel, son Bryan Smith, grandson Tyler Smith, brother-in-law Gary Van Schindel, and sisters-in-law Angie Van Schindel and Patricia Konkle.

Visitation will be held at Verkuilen-Van Deurzen Family Funeral Home, N3972 Columbia Dr., Freedom, on Wednesday, April 10th 2024 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. with a prayer service at 6:45 p.m. Visitation will continue at St. Nicholas Church, W2037 County Rd, S., Freedom, on Thursday, April 11th from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. with a funeral Mass to follow at 11:00 a.m. For online condolences, please visit www.verkuilenfh.com.

The family would like to thank the caregivers at Country Villa for their kind and compassionate care of Jim. 

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Services

Visitation
Wednesday
April 10, 2024

4:00 PM to 6:45 PM
Verkuilen-Van Deurzen Family Funeral Home - Freedom
N3972 Columbia Ave.
Freedom, WI 54130

Prayer Service
Wednesday
April 10, 2024

6:45 PM
Verkuilen-Van Deurzen Family Funeral Home - Freedom
N3972 Columbia Ave.
Freedom, WI 54130

Visitation
Thursday
April 11, 2024

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
St. Nicholas Catholic Church
W2037 County Rd. S
Freedom, WI 54130

Funeral Mass
Thursday
April 11, 2024

11:00 AM
St. Nicholas Catholic Church
W2037 County Rd. S
Freedom, WI 54130

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