James Ray Smith (84), surrounded by family at home in Elk Grove, California, peacefully went to be with the Lord on October 2, 2019. He was born in Thayer, Missouri on January 26, 1935 to Clyde and Hattie Smith.
In 1957, he enlisted in the Army Reserves and was honorably discharged in 1963 with the rank of Corporal. He worked for Varian Corporation in San Carlos, California as a quality control engineer from 1958 to 1991. Then Jim, wife Marion, and daughter Heather moved from San Mateo, California to Redding, California and purchased Homecraft Breads, which they successfully operated from 1993 to 2002. In 2003, he retired and moved to Elk Grove where all his children lived.
Jim loved classic cars, boxing, football, Westerns, American Ninja Warrior and cooking. His sister Betty said when he was a child, he would wrestle anyone who came to their house. He had a silly sense of humor and loved to make others laugh. He made up silly songs that the family still sing today. Jim loved and adored his family, wife Marion of 52 years, sister Betty Jones, daughters Brenda Miller (Rick), Audrey Gaines (Dave), Alison Cranshaw (Rob), April Hoppis, and Heather Smith. He also has ten grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his son, James R. Smith Jr., brothers Bob and Charlie, Clyde and sister Claudia Cain.
Memorial services will be held, Friday October 18, 2019 at 2:00 p.m.at: Herberger Elk Grove Funeral Chapel, 9101 Elk Grove Blvd. Elk Grove, California 95624.