James ‘Jim’ Smith of Wentzville, Missouri passed away on Thursday, January 19, 2023, at the age of 78. Jim died peacefully with his beloved wife Marcella ‘Marcy’ (Orf) and their children by his side.
Jim was born in Saint Louis on September 24, 1944, to father Milton Francis Smith and mother Bernice (Clifton) Smith-Struckman. The middle of three children, Jim had close relationships with his siblings Milton Smith and Sandra Hicks. His work ethic and desire to take care of his family led to him enlisting in the Navy at age 18. He served in the Vietnam War as a Navy Boilerman from 1962 -1965.
Soon after his military service, Jim returned to Saint Louis to get into construction, becoming a drywall hanger until an early retirement. Throughout that time he was an active member of the Carpenters Union, in which he stayed engaged with the rest of his life. Jim invested his time and resources heavily in the community through the Knights of Columbus, Wentzville Council 10154 and deeply enjoyed selling 50/50 tickets at their KC Fish Fry at St Patrick’s Catholic Church. He was proud to be a member of St. Patrick’s Parish for 55 years and he also volunteered for many years at St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry and Mary Martha.
In Jim’s free time, he enjoyed trips to Tunica and Hollywood casinos with the Knights of Columbus and his friends, watching old Western films, telling big stories and being with his family. He was very proud of his son’s careers and accomplishments and especially his granddaughter, Bailey. He will be dearly missed.
Jim is survived by his devoted wife, Marcy, with whom he recently celebrated 55 years of marriage and three of their four sons, Dale (Judy) Smith; Joey (Jamie) Smith; Michael (Rachel) Smith; granddaughter, Bailey (Ian) Smith, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Jim is preceded in death by his parents, his siblings Milton Smith and Sandra Hicks; and his son Gary Smith.
People wishing to honor Jim’s legacy can make donations in his name for masses or to St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank where he once volunteered.