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James E. Smith age 84 of Missoula, Montana passed away on October 10, 2011 at Saint Patrick Hospital. He was born on February 25, 1927 to William and Mae Smith in Arkansas. When he was the tender age of 6 months his family moved to Fairview, Oklahoma. Jim and his eight brothers and sisters spent their youth and helped work the family farm in this small community. At 18 he moved to Townsend, MT with his sister and brother-in-law, where he met the love of his life, Donna Richtmyer. The couple wed on November 28, 1951. On March 2, 1953 Jim and Donna were blessed with their daughter Debra and again on September 12, 1958 with their son John. In 1961 the couple moved their family to Missoula where they spent the last 50 years making life long friends and raising their family. He loved to fish, hunt, and camp with his extended Richtmyer family. When Jim wasn't enjoying the great outdoors he could be found at one of the many softball fields in Missoula or at a tournament around the state. He was active in the organization of the over 50 men's softball league. Jim and Donna also enjoyed bowling and were members of the Eagles for many years. Jim had the gift of gab and made friends with all he met. He was always ready to lend a helping hand and his generosity was overwhelming. He was a true family man supporting his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren at any and all activities they were involved in. He was loved by many and will be missed by all. Jim was preceded in death by his parents William and Mae Smith; 3 sisters Mable, Orene and Willie Pearl; 3 brothers Thelbert, Jack and Allen Ray. He is survived by his wife Donna, daughter Debra Plaster of Missoula; son John Smith (Katie) of Missoula; sister Josephine Goyen of Fairview, OK; brother Kenneth Smith (Kathy) of Pablo, MT; 4 grandchildren Brandy Lavoie of Missoula, Mark Smith (Marie) of Dillon, MT, Karrie Plaster of Missoula. Kayla Plaster of Missoula, MT; 6 great grandchildren Christopher Lavoie, Aeriel Lavoie, Colin Leeback, Brayden Young, Harley Leeback, and an expected new arrival. Also by his 3 brothers-in-law, sister-in-law and by numerous nieces and nephews. Cremation has taken place; there will be a celebration of life to be announced at a later date. Because of Jim's love for the little ones, in lieu of flowers please make donations to the Watson's Children's' Shelter. Sunset Memorial Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

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