James Patrick Schmitz

James Patrick Schmitz

Birth
Osage, Mitchell County, Iowa, USA
Death 16 Dec 2015 (aged 68)
Rochester, Olmsted County, Minnesota, USA
Burial Unknown
Memorial ID 156102581 · View Source
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James Patrick Schmitz died from complications of liver failure surrounded by family and friends at St. Mary’s hospital on December 16, 2015 at 11:00 am.

James Patrick Schmitz was born in Osage, Iowa on March 17, 1947. Jim graduated from Adams High School in 1965. He was drafted by the US Army to serve in Vietnam from 1965-1968. Jim married Lynda Wacek in 1969. Jim lived in Rochester in the first part of his career, and worked as a butcher. Jim then worked for Hormel and went on to open a meat locker in Adams, MN in 1982. Throughout his career, Jim worked construction, carpentry, snow removal and trimmed trees. In 1990, Jim began driving Semi Truck for Styer. At Styer, he had a reputation for safe driving and he earned an award for traveling a million accident-free miles.

Jim married Sue Gaskill (now Sue Schmitz) of Austin in 1995 and since the two have racked up millions of miles together. Jim always surrounded himself with nature and friends and family. He was a lover of the outdoors and Mother Nature was his sanctuary. Jim loved to ride motorcycle and was a member of the biker group the Dry Riders. Jim was sober for over 30 years, but still he knew how to have a great time right along with any party.

Jim was a most patient of fishermen. Jim spent hours on the water with a pole in hand just waiting for the big one to come his way. Jim also enjoyed hunting small and big game. He was a very skilled field dresser on account to his time working as a butcher. This made him a great guy to hunt alongside. In addition to being a sportsman, Jim loved to tell stories to his children and grandchildren. He would talk about his travels, his trades or just about the people that he has met on his many adventures. Jim also had a great sense of humor and he loved to interact with banter and wise cracks.

Jim was greatly loved and will be greatly missed. He is survived by his wife Sue Schmitz of Adams, His mother Florence Schmitz of Adams. He leaves behind his siblings David and Julie Schmitz, Bob and Carol Schmitz, Roger Schmitz, Tom Schmitz, Mary and Mike Albrecht and Ann Viveros. He leaves his children Micheal and Kris Schmitz of Rochester, Heather Schmitz of Rose Creek, Sarah Honeywell of Minneapolis, and Isaac Schmitz of Hayfield.

Jim also had many grandchildren that he loved to play with and enjoy watching grow up. They are Megan, Connor, Oliver, Simon, Owen, Ryan, Amelia, Huxley, Theo and Webster. In addition to this long list of family members, Jim also extended his care and kindness out to many family members and friends beyond his immediate family. Jim was a fantastic cousin, step uncle, second father, mentor and role model he leaves behind many people that were connected with him in this important way as well.

A celebration of Life Service will be held on Monday, December 21, 2015 from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at the Adams Funeral Home, 300 West Main, Adams, MN 55909. There will be a Rosary and a prayer service. Social hour will be at the American Legion from 7:00 to 9:00 pm.


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  • Created by: S Hemingway
  • Added: 16 Dec 2015
  • Find A Grave Memorial 156102581
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for James Patrick Schmitz (17 Mar 1947–16 Dec 2015), Find A Grave Memorial no. 156102581, ; Maintained by S Hemingway (contributor 46900131) Unknown.