June 15, 2024

James P. Smith

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James P. Smith, 89 of Elbow Lake, passed away Tuesday, October 10, 2023, at the Fergus Falls Veterans Home. A Funeral Service was held on Sunday, October 15, 2023, at the United Lutheran Church, Elbow Lake with Pastor Jean Ohman officiating. Military Honors and a Warbird Flyover concluded the service. Burial at Ness Cemetery.

 James Phillip Smith was born on April 16, 1934, to Albert and Bernice (Lang) Carroll in Berkeley, CA. He grew up in Oakland, CA where he went to school at Oakland Elementary. When he was seven years old, he moved to Big Fork, MN with his grandparents, where he attended Big Fork School, and helped out and worked on his grandparents’ farm. At age 16, he moved to Minneapolis where he graduated from Minneapolis Tech Institute. Jim enlisted and served in the Army from February 1956 to February 1959. Within three months from being honorably discharged from the Army, Jim was united in marriage to Jeanette Marie Ireland on May 16, 1959, in Hoffman, MN. In this union they raised four children, Lynn, Larry, Susan and Kathy.

Being active was very important to Jim. He was involved as a Firearms Safety instructor, and enjoyed hunting and fishing; and later in life, took up the craft of carving. Jim was also a member of the Lions Club and American Legion of Elbow Lake. He worked at Caterpillar Paving for approximately 20+ years. Most weekends were spent at their cabin on Pomme de Terre Lake, where they built a home in 1980, to where he and Jean later retired. 

 Preceding Jim in death was his loving wife, Jeanette, and daughter Julie. He is survived by his children Lynn Smith, Larry (Shelley) Carroll, Susan (Alan) Burton and Kathy Smith; grandchildren James & Samuel Carroll, Rachel (Chaz) Williams, Peter and Chader Burton; and great-grandchildren Christian and Bentley Williams.

 Arrangements by Erickson-Smith Funeral Home of Elbow Lake.

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