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James Harold Smith

James Harold Smith, 83, of Somerset, died May 26, 2017.

Jim was born 21 March 1934 in Thornville, Ohio, to the late Ralph Oliver and Elizabeth (Betty) Smoke Smith.

He was a 1952 graduate of Glenford High School and a 1956 graduate of Ohio University where he earned his Bachelors of Electrical Engineering degree (B.S.E.E.), and was a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity.

Jim was an employee of General Electric from 1957 until 1996, having designed and serviced electrical systems in large mining equipment at sites all over the world. He was an avid genealogist.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Jane Anne van Fossen Smith of Somerset; five children, Vanesa K. (Steven) Poling, Andrew P. Smith, Kirby M. Smith, James C. Smith, and Marabeth A. (Thomas) Grodhaus; and 10 grandchildren.

A graveside service was held 31 May 2017, in St. Paul Reformed Lutheran Cemetery near Glenford, with Pastor David Helser officiating.

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