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James Roger "Jim" Schmitz

Perry - James R. "Jim" Schmitz, 79, died of pneumonia on Dec. 28, 2017, in Perry, where he had lived recently.

Born Aug. 12, 1938, to Leo J. Schmitz and Ida May Theroux in Steven's Point, Wisc., he attended school in Sioux City, before his family settled in Des Moines when he was 15. He graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1956 and from St. Martin's College in Olympia, Wash., in 1961.

In 1963, he joined the Iowa National Guard and was activated for duty in 1963 and 1968. He worked as a wireman-switchboard operator and as a heavy truck driver and received the State of Iowa Service Ribbon and the National Defense Service Medal before his 1969 honorable discharge.

In 1964, he married Audrey Fergin in Madison, Wisc., and the couple moved to Chicago, where he was a personnel manager for Saxon Paint and Hardware and, later, an employment manager for Maremont Corp.

When his marriage ended in 1973, Schmitz moved back to Des Moines and worked as a receiving manager for Dahl's on Beaver Ave. In 1977, he married Jeannine M. Ramey and they lived in Waveland Park for one year before divorcing in 1978.

Schmitz then moved to Kinsey Avenue on the East Side and worked, over the years, for Ramsey Pontiac, Addressograph-Multigraph, Super Valu and other stores. He lived for more than 30 years on Kinsey Avenue, was a member of Teamsters Local 394 and worked part-time for Keck Parking and event set-up at Vets Auditorium.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his brothers Leo R. and Richard A. Survivors include a sister, Joan L. Ohnemus of Grinnell, and a brother, David M., of Marquette Heights, Ill.

Interment of ashes is scheduled for 2 p.m., Friday, May 18, at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery in Adel, Iowa.
Published in Des Moines Register on May 15, 2018
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