Claremore Daily Progress

November 15, 2013

James Eugene “Jim” Smith

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Claremore Progress

CLAREMORE — Gravesides services for James Eugene “Jim” Smith will be 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15, 2013 at Woodlawn Cemetery. Jim passed away on Wednesday, November 13, 2013. He was 82.

Born in Dog Creek Hills, Okla. on August 23, 1931, Jim was the son of James and Mary Pearl (Busby) Hanson and was later adopted by Mary’s second husband, Elmer Smith.  Jim was raised and educated in the area by both his grandmothers.

In 1952 Jim was drafted into the Army infantry and served during the Korean Conflict. Jim was assigned to the 363 Ordinance Company out of Songwon, Korea and his job was ammunition transport. For his sacrifice and bravery, Jim earned the National Defense Medal. It was not until 40 years later that Jim received his medal along with a letter from the President of the Republic of Korea thanking him for his part in enabling the Republic of Korea “to remain a free democratic nation.”   Jim said his war experience taught him to “appreciate life” and not take for granted the freedom and privilege we have here in the United States of America.

After the war Jim married Norma Standeford in a ceremony in Mexico. Their union was blessed with one son, Michael.  The family made their home in California for many years.  While in California, Jim continued his education and obtained his GED. He worked for Standard Oil Company of California until the family returned to Oklahoma in 1970. Upon his return to Oklahoma, Jim found employment with the Claremore Police Department and in 1971, Claremore became home for the next 43 years. Later Jim worked for Neece Steel Company and then Peabody Coal Company until his retirement in 1987.   

Jim was a simple man and enjoyed the simple things in life and said growing up the only toy he ever had was a bag of marbles. He loved to play the guitar and was quite skilled at wood carving and whittling, often creating canes, boots and other treasures for his family and friends. Jim was a member of the Masonic Lodge for many years.

This loving husband, father and grandfather will be missed by all who knew him. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Norma Smith; daughter-in-law Susan Smith; grandchildren Justin Smith, and Matthew Smith and his wife Melissa; great grandchildren Skylar and Tayvn; brothers Charles and Danny Hanson; sisters Sherry Class, Madonna Saner, Darlynn Stricker, and Sandra Morgan. Jim was preceded in death by his parents, son Michael Smith and siblings Jimmy Hanson and Mary Cromwell.