In Memory of

James 'Jim' Dean Smith

October 18, 1957 - December 1, 2012
James "Jim" Dean Smith, the son of Donald and Pauline (Godfrey) was born October 18, 1957, in Cherokee, IA. His childhood years were spent in the Quimby and Washta area where he attended school. He graduated from Willow High School in 1976. After graduation, Jim worked for his parents at the Smith Feed Yards near Washta. On February 6, 1982, Jim was united in marriage to Jolene Kleihauer at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Cherokee. In 1989 Jim and Jolene became partners with his parents at Smith Feed Yards. They managed the feedlot and farm operation until 2001. After the sale of the feedlot, they continued to farm and started JJ Smith Trucking. Jim was an active member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Cherokee. He enjoyed camping, playing cards with friends and family, and disc golf during family gatherings. He attended many farm and truck auctions with his buddies and had a true love and passion for farming and raising cattle. Vacationing and travelling with his family meant a lot to him, and he always tried to spend as much time with his children as possible. He watched reruns of Seinfeld every chance he could get. Always mechanically inclined, as a boy he built go-carts and enjoyed tinkering on and riding motorcycles, four-wheelers, and snow mobiles. He played football, ran track, and wrestled in high school, and continued playfully wrestling and horsing around with friends and family. Most of all Jim enjoyed time spent with his loved ones. He was known for many things, but more than anything he will be remembered as a dependable, generous, and compassionate man that would do anything for anyone in need. On December 1, 2012, Jim passed away unexpectedly from injuries sustained in an airplane accident near Correctionville, IA, at the age of 55. He was preceded in death by his brother, Duane Smith. He will lovingly be remembered by his wife, Jolene Smith of Correctionville, IA, four children: James Smith of Sioux City, IA, Justin Smith, Josh Smith, and Jasmine Smith, all of Correctionville, IA; his parents, Donald and Pauline Smith of Sioux City, IA; two sisters, Loretta (Jack) Powell of Phoenix, AZ, and Lois (Bruce) Ramaekers of Sioux City, IA; mother and father-in-law, Albert and Mildred Kleihauer of Cherokee, IA; sisters-in-law: Marlene (Jim) Ebert of Marcus, IA, Lynette (Pat) Hyndman of Cherokee, IA, and Diane (Dean) Halstrom of Meriden, IA; brother-in-law, Mark Kleihauer of Sioux City, IA and his special friend Mona Rosdail of Spirit Lake, IA; he is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and many, many friends.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 A.M. Thursday, December 6, 2012, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Cherokee.
Pastor Kathy Wicks
Kelly Swick Ted Parker Ed Nelson Gene Rollefson Dana Woltman Don Meyer Bruce Duncan Ted Thoreson Honorary Bearers Pat Hyndman Dean Halstrom Mark Kleihauer Bruce Ramackers Jack Powell Tim Smith
Visitation will begin at 2:00 P.M. Wednesday, with the family present from 5:00-7:00 P.M. Wednesday night at the Greenwood-Schubert Funeral Home in Cherokee. There will be a 7:00 P.M. prayer service Wednesday at the funeral home.
'Amazing Grace' 'Borning Cry' 'On Eagle's Wings' by the congregation Organist- Arlene Hultman
Sunset View Cemetery Washta, Iowa


Thursday, December 13, 2012 at 12:00 AM
“Dear Jolene and family, dear Don and Pauline,
My sister Peggy wrote me today, telling me of Jim's tragic death. What a terrible thing and what a loss! I feel very sorry for you, and I am thinking of you in my prayers. Jim and I went to school together from the first day on until our graduation in 1976. I connect my memories with him, although many years have passed since then. I still remember birthday parties at the old farmplace on the Hawkeye Road. I'm glad I got to see him again this past summer at the Watermelon Days in Quimby.
With my sincere thoughts and sympathies,
Mick Grell, Pastor in Germany”
- Mitchell S. Grell
Sunday, December 9, 2012 at 12:00 AM
“Jolene and family,
My thoughts and prayers have been with your family since Jim's sudden passing. May you find comfort and peace in all of the wonderful memories that you have. God bless you.
In sympathy,
- Dana (File) Kies
Sunday, December 9, 2012 at 12:00 AM
“We were so saddened to hear that was your husband that was in the accident. I called Kate and she already had heard about it. Again Jolene you have our deepest condolences. ”
- Richard & Joann Kelly
Friday, December 7, 2012 at 12:00 AM
Thursday, December 6, 2012 at 12:00 AM
“I am very sorry to hear about your loss. My thoughts and prayers go out to your family in this time of need. ”
- Lindsay M. Wright
Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 12:00 AM
“Jolene and Family, we were deeply saddened to hear of Jim's passing from this life. We enjoyed the days of hauling your cattle and then trucking with him. He always could make us smile. May God bless you and yours with peace. Eternal rest grant unto Jim, O Lord, and may your perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul rest in peace!”
- Kurt & Amy Pautsch
Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 12:00 AM
“To Don Smith and Family
We are so sorry to hear of the loss of your son. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.”
- Daniel and Shirley Nielsen
Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 12:00 AM
“Jim was a wonderful man and will be greatly missed by my husband Shane Wenzel. Jim was a mentor to my husband when he decided to buy his own semi-truck and go out on his own trucking in 2001(Wenzel Trucking). Jim has always remained a valued and trusted confident & friend to my husband and would always take the time to talk over loads, rates, or just share a funny story. Your are in our families thoughts and prayers and if you ever need anything, please don't hesitate to call. ”
- Erica Wenzel
Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 12:00 AM
“My family and I are deeply sorry.There are no words... You have our heart-felt sympathy. We are praying for you so much. You have our love and prayers.”
- Carrie Stoelting
Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 12:00 AM
“Jolene and family, Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time. Sorrow touches the heart in a very personal, private way, but we hope you know you're not alone. Out thoughts and prayers are with you and your family now and in the days to come. With deepest sympathy.”
- Clarencc and Koreen Anderson
Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 12:00 AM
“Jolene ~ our hearts go out to you and your family. Jim will truly be missed by all who knew him. He was one of a kind!”
- Deb & Doug Furlich
Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 12:00 AM
“I have known your family since high school and I am saddened by the news of your loss. Prayers and hugs are with you. ”
- Claudia Hanna
Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 12:00 AM
“Jolene & Family -

We were so sad to hear of Jim's death. I have found memories of working with him back in the old feedlot days and seeing you all at the lake. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Although it's difficult today to see beyond the sorrow, may looking back in memory help comfort you tomorrow”
- Abby (Goettsch) Walleck & Family
Tuesday, December 4, 2012 at 12:00 AM
“We are sooooooo sorry that Jim's life was cut short.Will always remember him taking us home one late night from Quimby to down by Cushing (for some reason I had been thinking about that night lately) and all the times he dug out our snow drifts he was a ''VERY COOL KIND OF GUY''!!!!!Hope you can fiind some comfort of knowing you are in our thoughts and prayers!!!The Edwards Family”
- Gina and Pat Edwards
Tuesday, December 4, 2012 at 12:00 AM
“Jolene and family our heart goes out to you and your family in this time of loss.Jim will be surely missed by everyone.We will be leaving for Vegas wed so the memories of the good time we had when we went have been coming back to me sorry we won't be here but you will be in our thoughts and minds. Harry and Rita”
- Harry,Rita,Michael and Ashley Burkhardt
Tuesday, December 4, 2012 at 12:00 AM
“We are so very sorry. Jim was a wonderful person! I remember being with him and his family at Lynette's and Pat's and we always had so much fun. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Love, Jean and Ken McKinney”
- Jean (Hyndman) McKinney
Tuesday, December 4, 2012 at 12:00 AM
“We would like to express our sincere sympathy to the family of Jim Smith. Jim was a faithful parishner of Bethlehem Lutheran Church were I had the priveledge of knowing him. Jim always had a helping hand and a strong faith. Peace be with all of the family members in this time of sorrow. ”
- Craig W. Wiese
Tuesday, December 4, 2012 at 12:00 AM
“Jolene and family, the Godfrey family reunions have seen some tragic losses these past couple of years. Those times filled with laughter are cherished in memories as well as your wonderful pictures. We cherish the time. May your heart fill with Jim's abundant spirit.”
- Sharon K Godfrey
Tuesday, December 4, 2012 at 12:00 AM
“I am so very sorry for your loss, Jolene and family. I will always remember Jim and all the times and moments in life we shared!”
- Gregg C Michael
Tuesday, December 4, 2012 at 12:00 AM
“My thoughts and prayers go out to you Jolene and your entire family on the tragic loss of Jim.
He was a devoted husband, and father.
A faithuful servant of Bethlehem, and a tireless worker.
May you find comfort in knowing he sits next to the Father he never saw, but had such unwavering faith in.”
- Mark A. Arnold
Tuesday, December 4, 2012 at 12:00 AM
“Words fall short of expressing our sorrow for the loss of Jim. We pray your sorrow will be lightened by the love of family,friens and our heavenly Father.”
- Lonnie & Jolene Puhrmann
Tuesday, December 4, 2012 at 12:00 AM
“Dearest Jolene and children, Words alone cannot express the sorrow in our hearts for you. Jim was always such a joy to be around when we would see you at different occasions. I cried when I read in lieu of flowers support the ambulance and grocery store. God bless you, Neighbor.”
- Terry and Pam Shever
Tuesday, December 4, 2012 at 12:00 AM
“Jolene - I am so sorry for your loss!! You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.”
- Denise Davis Richards
Monday, December 3, 2012 at 12:00 AM
“Our prayers are with you all. May God give you strength in the coming days. Treasure the memories of all the good times with family and friends.”
- Cathy Smith
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