James Schmelzer passed away peacefully Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013, at the Guttenberg Care Center.
Visitation was Tuesday, Aug. 6, at Tuecke-Allyn Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Garnavillo, and one hour before services at the church.
Funeral services were Wednesday, Aug. 7, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Garnavillo, conducted by Rev. Richard G. Gaul.
Interment was at the Garnavillo Community Cemetery in Garnavillo.
Jim was born on March 13, 1937, on the Schmelzer family farm near Garnavillo, the son of Albert and Alvina (Felder) Schmelzer.
Jim attended the Garnavillo School where he graduated with the class of 1955. He served his country proudly in Korea in the Army. After his honorable discharge, Jim returned home where on Aug. 24, 1963, he married his true love, Shirley Schroeder at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Garnavillo. This blessed union brought them two sons. Jim and Shirley made their home in Garnavillo where Jim worked for John Deere in Dubuque for many years. Following his formal retirement he worked for several years part time at Double LL. Much of Jim’s life revolved around family and sports. In earlier years he played on the Berns Texaco Softball Team. He was an avid fan of the Green Bay Packers, Boston Red Sox, Boston Celtics and the Iowa Hawkeyes. He was a fan and great supporter of his granddaughters sports activities both in high school and college in softball, basketball, volleyball and track. As another past time, Jim enjoyed a good game of cards with his friends.
Jim will be forever loved and cherished by his wife of 49 years, Shirley; two sons, Steve (Tracie) Schmelzer of Lincoln, Neb., and Scott (Diane) Schmelzer of Garden Plain, Kan.; three grandchildren, Karley (Justin) Maxson, Bradie and Madison Schmelzer; one sister, Marie Dickman of Garnavillo; four sisters-in-law, Bev (Jim) Biggs of Grand Junction, Colo., Marjorie (Tom) Kuboushek of Calmar, Anita Schmelzer of Garnavillo, Edna Schmelzer of Monona; one brother-in-law, Owen Kann of Guttenberg, and many nieces, nephews, family and friends.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters, Leonilla Moser, Geraldine Kann and Bernadette Stroschein; two brothers, Lorin and Joseph Schmelzer.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to either the Garnavillo Public Library, St. Joseph Catholic Church, Above and Beyond Hospice, American Cancer Society or the Guttenberg Municipal Hospital.