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Jim Smith

With immense courage and great spirit, Jim Smith of Beaconsfield made the journey to his Lord on Friday, July 5 2019, at the Ringgold County Hospital supported by his family.

James Francis Smith was born September 21, 1940, in Creston, Iowa, the only child of Francis E. and Mildred DeLay Smith. He was raised on the family farm south of Tingley. Jim first attended country school a mile north of the farm at Tingley No, 8 with his mom as his teacher. He later attended Tingley School proper until the 8th grade. He then transferred to Mount Ayr High School for his freshman year. Mount Ayr had a strong agriculture and FFA program and he said this proved to be a good choice for him as it was his life dream to become a farmer. He graduated with the Class of 1959.

After high school graduation, Jim completed the Winter Quarter Farm Program at Iowa State University and later the Worldwide College of Auctioneering in Mason City. Jim was a lifelong farmer and auctioneer for 52 years.

In High School he met his sweetheart and love of his life, Mary Ann Herren. They were married July 20, 1963, at the Wishard Chapel Church. They made their permanent home at Sunny Slope Farm, southwest of Beaconsfield, Iowa.  Here they welcomed and raised three children: Robert James, Sandra Kay and Debra Sue.

Jim will forever be remembered for his love of his family, farm and community. His favorite times were having his family gathered around the dinner table to enjoy one of Mary Ann's home-cooked meals, sharing stories and laughs. He was a hard worker, cared well for his livestock and a good steward of the land. After retirement, Jim enjoyed sitting on his front porch, watching the workings and beauty of the farmstead. His John Deere & Allis Chalmers tractors became his hobby in retirement, taking them to parades and tractor rides. He looked forward to the annual Blackmore Corner Antique Farm Show where he could sharpen his plowing and round-baling skills, often leaving the plow line in the dust.

He never knew a stranger and found ease in starting conversations. He was genuinely interested in what others had to say. His gift for talking was more than just an occupation as he donated countless hours to the community through benefit auctions, church auctions, 4-H & FFA auctions and fundraisers of all kinds. He loved to make the auction experience fun for the bidders and each year would try to see if he could raise just a little more money for the organization he was helping.

Ringgold County 4-H & Mount Ayr FFA held a special place in his heart - he was a former member of both, active parent and enjoyed learning about each and every young member that came through the County Fair sale ring. He was a charter member of the Ringgold County Sheriff's Reserves, served six years in the Army Reserves and a member of the Beaconsfield United Methodist Church.

Jim was kind and witty, his heart was as big as his smile and his family will dearly miss him.

He was preceded by his parents and granddaughter, Jessica Marie Pierschbacher.

Those left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 55 years, Mary Ann of Beaconsfield, three children: Robert (Dawn) Smith of Durant, Sandra (Curt) Pierschbacher of Kellerton, Debra (Chad) Fiderlein of West Branch; Grandchildren: Blaine (Haylee) Smith of Muscatine, Donovan Smith (Mickenzie Kack) of Tipton, Julia Smith of Durant; Nate Pierschbacher (Shelby) of Davis City, Weston Pierschbacher (Courtney) of Kellerton, Cael Fiderlein and Wyatt Fiderlein of West Branch; Great-Grandchildren: Emaleigh Pierschbacher of Lamoni, Kamarie and Bray Pierschbacher of Davis City and Burke Pierschbacher of Kellerton.

Memorials may be made to: Beaconsfield United Methodist Church, EveryStep Hospice, or in  the name of Jim Smith for a memorial contribution to the community to be determined by the family.

Celebration of Life: 10:00 a.m. – Wednesday, July 10, 2019 at Beaconsfield United Methodist Church

Officiants: Pastor June Nolte-Davis & Pastor Rick Hawkins

Open Viewing: 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Tuesday, July 9

Family Present: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Tuesday, July 9 at Armstrong Funeral Home – Mount Ayr      

Burial: Rose Hill Cemetery – Mount Ayr, Iowa

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We are sorry to learn of Jim's death. We look forward to seeing him alive again in the resurrection. Jesus promised, "Do not be amazed at this, because the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out, those who did good things to a resurrection of life." John 5:28, 29

Jim & Donna Adams Jul 12 2019 12:00 AM

Sandy Im so very sorry for you and your families loss. You will be in my thoughts and prayers. I have very fond memories of going to different auctions that your dad was working. He was the best!

Becky Marshall Jul 10 2019 12:00 AM

Arnold & Camille Delbridge & family send their deepest condolences. We're grateful for the opportunity to be acquainted with Jim & his family. His good-natured personality and sense of humor will be missed. May memories comfort those mourning his passing.

Kim Gratny Jul 10 2019 12:00 AM

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Expression of Sympathy Jul 9 2019 12:00 AM

I am so sorry to read of your loss. Thoughts and prayers are with you all as you go through this.

Leasa Hoefling Jul 9 2019 12:00 AM

Between us, we have many memories of Jim. Raymond was in Tingley Toppers 4-H with Jim and then later was
in Reserves with him in the Creston unit. They had many laughs in their drives to Reserve meetings! As for me, I
remember Jim as a school board member who made decisions that reflected good business judgment as well as
caring for students and staff. I always enjoyed having him stop by my office to visit knowing he would have some
kind of funny story to tell. He had no trouble carrying on conversations and had smiles that just never ran out.
Our sincere sympathy to you, Mary Ann, and your family. You are blessed for the love and fun memories he gave
to all of you. Our thoughts and prayers.

Raymond & Donna Shields Jul 9 2019 12:00 AM

A Designer's Choice 3 was ordered on July 8, 2019

Expression of Sympathy Jul 8 2019 12:00 AM

A Dearest Friend was sent on July 8, 2019

Forever in our thoughts. Sonda and Richard Herren, Patricia Herren Christina and Jason Richardson, Laura And Richard Frillman and families.

Expression of Sympathy Jul 8 2019 12:00 AM

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Expression of Sympathy Jul 8 2019 12:00 AM

Mary Ann, My deepest sympathy to you and family. Thanks for bringing him to our Abarr reunion last September. His obituary is really good, which I enjoyed.

Isabelle Abarr Jul 8 2019 12:00 AM

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