James Secord Smith, age 89, passed away Thursday, October 23, 2014 at the Browns Valley Health Center, Browns Valley, MN.
Secord's final request was that family gather on a warm, sunny day at the farm in Windsor Township overlooking Traverse Lake , and bid He, together with his beloved wife Katie, Farewell.
"From the Place I was Born, To the Place I Shall Return"
James Secord Smith was born in Windsor Township, Traverse County, Minnesota, on December 29th, 1924, to parents Arthur and Emily [ Moland ] Smith. He attended grade school at School District 1, County of Traverse, and graduated high school in 1942 from Browns Valley High School, Browns Valley, Minnesota.
On June 4th, 1946, Secord married Laura Catherine [ Katie ] Bourland . They made their home on the farm in Windsor Township where they raised their four children, Larry, Barbara, Janet and Gary.
Secord loved to farm and continued to be active in farming long after retirement. He also loved bowling and spent many years bowling for the Interlake Mill and Elevator team in Browns Valley and for the Wheaton State Bank and Larson's Implement teams in Wheaton. He served many years on the local school board, the FHA board, and the Browns Valley Nursing Home board. He was especially proud to see the Browns Valley Health Center become the wonderful place it is today for the people of this community.
Secord was preceded in death by his beloved wife Katie, father Arthur and mother Emily, brother William Moland Smith, brother & sister in-law Don and Bernice Darrington and Clarence and Delores Bourland, great grandchildren Andrew, Alexander, and Katie Kellen, and nephew David Smith.
Secord is survived by his children Larry Smith of Browns Valley, MN, Barbara Maher of Beardsley, MN, Janet [ Donald ] Kellen of Beardsley, MN, and Gary [ Loretta ] Smith of Beardsley, MN, ten grandchildren, sixteen great-grandchildren, sister-in-law Elaine Smith of Browns Valley, MN, and many nieces and nephews.
"Rest Now My Son, the Final Harvest is Home"