James Smith

May 30, 1932-Aug. 5, 2019

James Smith, of New

Town, passed away

peacefully at his daugh-

ter’s home in Albu-

querque, NM, on Monday,

August 5, 2019, surround-ed by family. He was

born on May 30, 1932,

and raised in Makoti. He

attended Minot State Col-

lege and graduated with a

bachelor’s degree in busi-

ness. James spent most of

his life farming in western

North Dakota and had a

love of the land. One of

his most important ac-

complishments in this life

was the relationship he

developed with each of

his 8 grandchildren.

James is survived by

his loving wife of 65

years, Merilyn Smith;

daughters, Delores Peder-

son (Tommy Carrion) of

Albuquerque, NM, and

Melinda Thorton (Esley)

of Bismarck; son, Leigh-

ton Smith (Dianne) of Val-

ley City; grandchildren,

Nicholas Pederson (Mel-

ise), Nathan Pederson,

both of Albuquerque,

Kylie Anderson (Orlando)

Green Bay, WI, Madison

Smith, Trierre Smith, and

Esley Thorton (Ellie), all

of Fargo, Matthew Thor-

ton (Pam) and Rhannon

Thorton (Laiken), both of

Bismarck; great-grand-

children, Kinley and Eve

Thorton of Bismarck, and

Cale Ludwig of Fargo.

There will be a private

family burial with a cele-

bration of life at a later

date. In lieu of flowers,

please give to Hospice of

New Mexico.

(Langhans Funeral

Home, Parshall www.

langhansfuneralhome.

com)