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James L. Smith


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James L. Smith Obituary
James L. Smith, 85, of West Newton, peacefully went to be with the Lord Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017, in his home, surrounded by his loving family. He was born July 11, 1932, in Pittsburgh, and served in the Marine Corps during the Korean War. During his two years in Korea, he was wounded in combat and was a Purple Heart recipient. A pipefitter, he retired in 1997 from Sauer Pittsburgh. A resident of West Newton for the past 30 years, he was formerly of Madison. James was a member of Local 449, BTJ Steamfitters, the F and AM Lodge 546 Penn Hills, 32nd degree Scottish Rite, Valley of Coudersport and was a life member of American Legion, Post 981 of Greensburg. He loved playing the lottery, all of his past pets and Gizmo. Survivors include his wife, Patricia Smith; two daughters and sons-in-law, Pam and Mark DeMaglio, of West Newton, and Judy and Gary Scheidecker, of Loganton; one son, Newell Smith; four grandchildren, Jennifer (Mark) Cain, of Elizabeth, Devon Scheidecker, of Loganton, Angel Dunlap (Gawaine Long), of Atlanta, Ga., and Dana (Lynn) King, of Rock Island, Tenn.; three great-grandchildren, Ethan and Logan Cain and Aspen King. He is also survived by Robert Ashbaugh, of Gibsonia, whom he considered a son. He was preceded in death by one grandson, Daniel Smith, in 1998.
There will be a Celebration of Life at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017, in the home of his daughter, Pam DeMaglio, 2225 Mt. Pleasant Road, West Newton. THE FERGUSON FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., 700 Broad Ave., Belle Vernon, is handling arrangements. (724-929-5300), www.FergusonFuneralHomeAndCrematory.com.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Shriners Hospital in memory of James L. Smith, www.shrinershospitals.org/donate.
Published in Greensburg Tribune Review on Oct. 9, 2017
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