Funeral services for James Smit, age 88, of Sheldon who passed away on Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at Sanford Senior Care. His memorial service will be at 10:30 A.M. on Friday, April 23, 2021 at First Christian Reformed Church in Sheldon with Rev. Kevin Muyskens ~ officiating.
His graveside service will be held at 10 A.M. on Friday, April 23, 2021 at East Lawn Cemetery. A prayer service will be at First Christian Reformed Church at 9:45 A.M.
Visitation with family present will be from 5 – 7 P.M. on Thursday, April 22, 2021 at First Christian Reformed Church.
The service will be live-streamed on First Christian Reformed Church's website.
Arrangements are under the care of the Andringa Funeral Home – Sheldon.
Masks are recommended at the visitation and service.
IN LOVING MEMORY OF
JAMES “JIM” SMIT
November 17, 1932
Rural Hospers, Iowa
April 20, 2021
10:30 A.M. Friday, April 23, 2021
First Christian Reformed Church; Sheldon, Iowa
Rev. Kevin Muyskens ~ Officiating
Processional ~ “Abide With Me” PH #470
“Blessed Assurance” SFJ #32
Recessional ~ “By The Sea Of Crystal” PH #469
Organist: Von Bolkema
Rick Zylstra Ron Smit Paul Smit
Micah Postma Chris Lang Keith Vanden Brink
FINAL RESTING PLACE
10:00 A.M. Graveside, Friday, April 23, 2021
East Lawn Cemetery
Family prayer service will be held at
9:45 A.M. at First Christian Reformed Church on
Friday, April 23, 2021.
Arrangements are under the care of the
Andringa Funeral Home – Sheldon.
JAMES “JIM” SMIT
James (Jim) Smit was born on November 17, 1932, on a farm near Hospers, Iowa. He passed away on April 20, 2021 at Sanford Senior Care, Sheldon, Iowa, at the age of 88 years, 5 months, 3 days.
Jim was the son of Joe and Winnie (De Jong) Smit. The family lived on farms in the Sheldon, IA area, eventually settling on the farm north of Sheldon where Jim would spend much of the rest of his life. He attended Sheldon Christian School. He was a lifetime member of the First Christian Reformed Church of Sheldon. Jim began running the family farm at an early age after his father broke his leg. He spent his entire life doing what he loved most, farming; followed by his favorite hobby, collecting golf balls. His final 8 ½ years were spent at the Christian Retirement Home.
Jim was united in marriage to Jennie Harmelink of Archer, IA, at the Archer Reformed Church on December 30, 1977. They continued to live on the family farm. Jim enjoyed his farming, and Jennie enjoyed her homemaking. They both loved being aunt and uncle to many nephews and nieces and all the children they cared for through the years. Their door was always open to all who stopped on the yard. Jim lost his beloved wife, Jennie, on September 20, 2012.
Those left to cherish his memory are two brothers: Jerry (Linda) and Roger (Phyllis); four sisters: Kathleen (Andrew) Zylstra, Fran (Ed) Boer, Betty Elgersma, Marilyn (Bob) Hoogeboom, and numerous nieces and nephews. Also cherishing his memory are his ‘adopted son & daughter’, Jerry & Alyssa Postma and the entire Harmelink family.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Jennie (Harmelink) Smit; his parents, Joe and Winnie Smit; his brother-in-law, Jim Elgersma; his sister-in-law, Lois Postma; and brothers-in-law, Herb Hardwick and Dave Huitink.