Obituary, James H. Smith II

James H. Smith II, 82
James H. Smith II, 82, of Lafayette, died at 12:50 a.m. Friday, Aug. 10, 2007, at Rosewalk Village.

Born in Detroit on July 1, 1925, to the late James H. and Evelyn Zimmerman Smith, he was raised in Chicago and lived there for 32 years. He also resided in Lowell for 47 years, moving to Lafayette in 2004.

A Navy veteran, he served during World War II in the Pacific on the USS Franklin and Bennington carriers.

He married Carol R. Leitelt on Oct. 5, 1957, in Chicago, and she survives.

Mr. Smith was a graduate of St. Benedict’s College in Atchison, Kan., where he earned a bachelor’s degree in both philosophy and sociology. He worked for the Archdiocese of Chicago in sales for 20 years, retiring in 1987.

Surviving are a son, James H. Smith III (wife: Danielle) of Worthington, Ohio; two daughters, Louise M. Smith and Kathy A. Smith, both of Lafayette; and a brother, D. Benedict Smith of Corpus Christi, Texas.

Services will be held in Lafayette at a later date.

Four grandchildren also survive, James H. IV, David, Olivia and Chandler Smith, all of Worthington. Hippensteel Funeral Home entrusted with care. Share memories and condolences online at

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