MINERAL RIDGE A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. Marys Catholic Church, preceded by closing prayers at 9:45 a.m. at the Lane Family Funeral Homes, Mineral Ridge Chapel for James A. Smith, 65, who passed away suddenly Thursday afternoon at his home.
Jim was born Aug. 20, 1947, in Youngstown, a son of the late Albert and Josephine (Vernarsky) Smith.
Jim retired as a field superintendent in 2009 after 40 years of service with Aven Fire Systems.
He was a member of St. Marys Catholic Church and the Sprinkler Fitters Local 669.
He enjoyed traveling, family vacations, following all Cleveland sports teams, and most of all spending time with his grandsons.
Jim will be sadly missed by his wife, the former LuAnn Baker, whom he married Aug. 27, 1976; his children, James (Amy) Smith of Dayton, Tiffany (Kyle) Dyment of Elgin, S.C., Crystal (Justin) Aleshire of Mineral Ridge, and Heidi Smith of Mineral Ridge; two sisters, Alberta (Albert) McAllister of Youngstown and Mary Frances (John) Grover of Youngstown; and three grandsons, James Smith III, Ryan Aleshire and Noah Aleshire.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Friends may call from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Lane Family Funeral Homes, Mineral Ridge Chapel.
Family and friends may visit www.lanefuneralhomes.com to view this obituary and send condolences.
“LuAnn, Crystal, and family, I am so very sorry to hear of your loss. May God be with you during this most difficult time! ”