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A dear friend lost

Posted Monday, December 10, 2012, at 3:30 PM

At this point in my life, I have spent many hours wondering what my legacy would be. I am at the age where death seems to be more of a prevalent topic than when we were in our 20's or 30's. Searching through the local obituaries seems to be more important than reading the ever important news. I find myself listening to the radio more intensely as the obits are being read than the sports scores.

In conversation with friends, I find my preoccupation with funeral announcements is something becoming more noticeable in their lives too. These very friends have been a very important staple in my life for many years... we are able to discuss almost anything with without reservations or judgement.

One of those very friends that I had enjoyed so many memorable moments with was taken from this physical world too soon and so tragically. When I had heard the news that my dear friend had lost his life in a plane crash, a part of who I am was lost. Jim Smith had been an important part of my life for many years. It is my honor to call him a dear friend. He was a man that would give you the shirt off his back. He took pleasure in helping not only those that he knew but those that he had not ever met before. Jim valued his family and friends. He was a dedicated husband, father, son, brother, friend and Christian.

There were no dull moments when our small group would gather. The guys would talk about farming, trucking, livestock, and there were many times you would find Jim fondling our friend Jeff's full head of hair... I think Jim was jealous, as he sported a bald noggin. The laughs were plenty and I am not sure if I should have taken it personally or not, but I seemed to had been an easy target as far as the brunt of his jokes. I didn't mind because I seemed to have always got him back with my underlying wit! Whenever we would announce yet another move, and we didn't ask him to help, he was disappointed because he wanted to help. That was his nature!

The loss of this man has been a difficult one for my entire family as he had attended many family functions be it celebrations or funerals. My husband had formed such a close bond with Jim and will miss the many conversations they had while each were were trucking. They shared the love of being on the open road and would talk for hours. Speaking of talking, I'm thinking that the only time that Jim would be without his phone is during church. If anyone needed anything, no matter who he was with or what he was doing, all they had to do is call. That too was the brunt of a lot of heckling... but in all reality it was just Jim being Jim.

He and his wife Jolene together were the rock of not only our group of friends but to their community and church. That is evident in the outpouring of sympathy that his family has experienced within the days since he was called to Heaven. I can not fathom the pain that my friend's family is experiencing. My heart aches for them and for the loss of a true friend. You see you only find a once in a lifetime friend once in a lifetime... and with that being said, until we meet again Jim Smith... may God wrap his arms around you. When that day comes where we will meet again meet again... I will look forward to one of your comforting hugs. I can only hope that the legacy that I leave behind will be as memorable as my dear friend Jim's.

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Trudy J. Schroeder
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