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The Life of James F Smith

JAMES F. SMITH NEW MIDDLETOWN - Private family services were held for James F. Smith, 91, who died early Sunday morning at Masternick Memorial Health Center in New Middletown. Mr. Smith was born Feb. 18, 1925, in Whitewood, Va., a son of Caleb Charles and Dora Ellen Patrick Smith. “Jim” was a graduate of Hazard High School in Whitewood. He was an employee at the Blast Furnace Division of the Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co., retiring in 1978. Jim served his country during World War ll and the Korean conflict as a member of the U.S. Army Air Force. He was a Cub Master and a lover of all sports, especially the Cleveland Indians and the University of Kentucky Wild Cats. Jim was affectionately known by his friends and co-workers as “Smitty.”
Jim is survived by his wife of 63 years, the former Beverly Jean Magnuson, whom he married Oct. 11, 1952; three daughters and a son, Denise (Alan) Gracon of Lyndhurst, Debbie Kalasky of New Middletown, Karl Kalasky of Canfield, Deanna McCrea of Chicago and Douglas (Patricia) Smith of Lititz, Pa.; his sister, Louise Smith of Tipp City; his grandchildren, Matthew and Michael Gracon, Monica Kalasky of Austintown, Carrie Kalasky of Boardman, Megan (Ronnie) Campbell of Gettysburg, Pa., Gianna and Aidan Smith, and Tyler and Hunter McCrea; and a great-grandson, Camden Loto. Jim was preceded in death by his parents; his sisters, Edith Robinson and Mary Smith; and his brothers, Leo, Mason and Franklin Smith.
The family would like to thank the staff and nurses at Masternick Memorial Health Center for their compassionate care and concern for Jim. Memorial contributions may be given to the Multiple Sclerosis Society, 6155 Rockside Road, Suite 202, Independence, OH 44131; or to Hospice of the Valley, 5190 Market St., Youngstown, OH 44512. Arrangements are by the Lane Family Funeral Homes, Austintown Chapel. Family and friends may visit www.lanefuneralhomes.com to view this obituary and send condolences.

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