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James W. Smith

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James W. Smith

March 15, 1924 ~ June 9, 2014

James W. Smith, a longtime Waterville, WA resident, passed away peacefully on June 9, 2014. Jim was born on March 15, 1924, to Elmer and Doris Smith in Bellingham, WA; he was one of five children. He graduated from Mt. Baker High School in 1942, and joined the Merchant Marines in 1943, serving during World War II until 1945. In 1948, Jim was drafted into the Army and served during the Cold War and the Korean War. He was stationed in Japan, Alaska, and South America. Jim married Kay Smith on December 13, 1958. They had three daughters, six grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, and one great-grandson. He owned and operated Jim Smith Trucking from 1956 to 1986. After retiring, he drove school bus for the Waterville School District and was an asbestos inspector for several local school districts. Jim was a very proud husband, father, and grandfather, and loved watching his kids’ and grandkids’ many activities. He was very active in several fraternal organizations. He was a member of Badger Mountain Masonic Lodge No. 57 and served as Grand Tyler for the Grand Lodge of Washington. A member of the Eastern Stars, he was an active member of both Harmony Chapter in Waterville and Silver Star Chapter in Chelan. He was a member of the Lake Chelan Shrine Club. Jim was also an avid supporter of Waterville Shocker sports teams.

Jim is survived by his daughters, Candice (Randy) Pfluger, Deidra (Roland) Gutierrez, and Kamela (Tony) Matiatos; two grandsons, Robert Pfluger and Thomas Matiatos; four granddaughters, Michael Birch, Christina Pfluger, Jacqueline Gutierrez, and Nicole Matiatos; one great-grandson, Austin Birch; two step-grandchildren, Andrew Gutierrez and Catherine (Brian) Abshier; and his sister, Judith Smith. He was preceded in death by his wife, Kay; his parents; brother, Roy Smith; and sisters, Janette Engholm and Margaret Hoffman.

A Memorial Service will be held at the Federated Church in Waterville on Thursday, July 3, 2014, at 11:00 a.m., with Pastor Sheila Miranda officiating, followed by a Masonic service and Military Honors at the graveside. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Jim’s name to the Shriners Hospitals for Children organization.

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