James A. "Jim" Schell, 65, of Rollingstone, died Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, at his home, after a short battle with cancer surrounded by his family.
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Jim was born Jan. 5, 1949, in Wabasha, to John and Neola (Paine) Schell. He graduated from Holy Trinity School in 1966. He then served in the U.S. Army, stationed in Korea during the Vietnam War. Jim and Sharol Kalmes were married July 12, 1969, in Altura. They made their home in Rollingstone. Jim was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He worked for Garnac Grain, ADM and later Winona River and Rail, C.H.S. until his illness forced him to retire this fall. In his work, he loved to design and fabricate equipment. He was a designer at heart.
Jim "Jimmy" was an avid and well known stock car race driver for many years; racing at Fountain City, Kasson, St. Charles and West Salem. He loved to work and play at the river, spending time at Bass Camp and being on the river.
He is survived by his wife, Sheri; two children, Tara (Greg) Parnow of Fountain City and Jamie (Anne Conway) Schell of Winona; four grandchildren, Harlee, Hannah and Hope Parnow and Silas Schell; five siblings, Sandy (Tom) Hengel of Rollingstone, Mary (Reeve) Kahabka of Gilbert, Ariz., Jack Schell of Florida, Ed (Beverly) Schell of Winona and Bill (Rhonda) Schell of Rollingstone.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Neola and a brother, Richard.
A funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Rollingstone, with the Rev. William Kulas officiating. Burial will be in the spring at St. Mary's Cemetery in Minnieska.
Friends may call at the church from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. today, Jan. 24, and one hour before services at the church on Saturday.
Please share a memory of Jim online and view his tribute video when it becomes available at hofffuneral.com.
Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers.
Jim's wishes are for his funeral to be a non-formal event with blue jeans and a shirt.
Hoff Funeral & Cremation Service
3480 Service Dr
Winona, MN 55987
Published in The Post-Bulletin on Jan. 24, 2014