George "Jim" Smith


October 24, 1936 - January 16, 2009




George “Jim” Smith was born October 24, 1936 at Alexandria, SD to Lawrence and Irene (Harding) Smith.  He grew up at Alexandria and graduated from Alexandria High School in 1954.  On July 30, 1960 he married Margaret Tompkins.  They lived in Alexandria until moving to Mitchell in September 1960.  He served in the 665 Army National Guard Unit from 1954 till 1963.  He was employed at the Alexandria Herald, the City Printers and then the Mitchell Daily Republic until retiring in 1999.  He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, the Mitchell Flying Club and the Mitchell Gun Club.

He is survived by his wife, Margaret; his five children: David Smith and fiancé, Sheila Randall of David City, NE, Kathy Ruml and husband, Mark of Mitchell, SD, Jeff Smith and wife, Stephanie of Mitchell, SD, Robert Smith of Columbus, NE and Kristy Szabo and husband, Paul of Mitchell, SD; sixteen grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; one brother, Bill Smith and wife, Carol and one sister, Betty Lou Moe of Mitchell.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, Anna Christensen and one brother-in-law, Jimmie Moe.



Sunday, January 18, 2009
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


Monday, January 19, 2009
2:00 PM
First United Methodist Church
310 North Rowley
Mitchell, South Dakota


Greenhill Cemetery
Alexandria, South Dakota

Posted by Aaron Williams on January 19, 2009
Sorry to hear of you loss, George was a jolly fellow and I enjoyed working with him at the Daily Republic. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Aaron
Posted by Robyn Flickinger on January 19, 2009
sorry to hear about your loss... I can remember Dave talking about his father when we worked together at Happy Chef... I havent talked to Dave or Rob for maybe 15 years or so... but i wish everyone well... and hope God's Love comforts you all at this time.
Posted by Jerry and Mary Schneider Huron, S.D. on January 18, 2009
Sorry to hear of the death of Jerry's high school classmate. Our sympathies to the family.
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