James Smiley


PAULDING -- James D. Smiley, 90, Paulding, died Monday, December 23, 2013, at CHP Defiance Area In-Patient Hospice Center, Defiance, Ohio.

He was born in Indianapolis, Ind., on September 3, 1923, the son of Wilford "Bill" and Arzula (Pate) Smiley. He married Phyllis Ann Colley, who preceded him in death on February 14, 1972. During World War II, he served as a member of the U.S. Army, 147th Engineers Battalion participating in the D-Day Invasion of Omaha Beach. He was owner/operator of 637 Auto Repair and Towing Service, and previously employed by the former VN Holderman Road Contracting. He was a member of the VFW Post 587.

Jim is survived by two children, Gerald (Jaynne) Smiley, Paulding, and Jeanie (Randy) Gay, Peachtree City, Ga.; and four grandchildren, Andrew Smiley, Audrey Smiley, Jessica Gay and Jenna Gay.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife and two sisters, Mabel Conklin and Edith Sanders.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, December 28, at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, with Pastor Drew Gardner officiating. Burial will follow in Live Oak Cemetery with military rites accorded by VFW Post 587. Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Friday, December 27, and one hour prior to services on Saturday at Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding.

Donations may be made to Disabled American Veterans or Community Health Professionals Hospice. Online condolences may be sent to www.denherderfh.com.

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  • Gerald:

       So sorry to hear about your Dad.  He was a sweet man and he never met a stranger.

              Suzann (Ankney) Bauer












  • Gerald & Jeanie:

        You have my deepest sympathy in the loss of your dad he was one of the best !

                 Jerry Westrick