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In Memory of James "Jim" Schmidt

Mass of Christian Burial

2:30 pm
Sunday July 11, 2021
St. Bridget's Catholic Church - River Falls
211 East Division Street
River Falls WI, 54022

Visitation

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Sunday July 11, 2021
St. Bridget's Catholic Church - River Falls
211 East Division Street
River Falls WI, 54022

James “Jim” Harry Schmidt, age 85 of River Falls, passed away Tuesday, July 6, 2021 at his home following a lengthy battle with cancer. Jim was born November 21, 1935 in La Crosse, to parents Harry and Catherine (Seiler) Schmidt. He grew up in La Crosse and graduated from Aquinas Catholic School before enlisting in the US Marine Corps. Jim served with the Marines and reached the rank of Corporal. Following his first return to civilian life, Jim studied at the UW-River Falls, before earning a Master’s degree in Guidance & Counseling from UW-Stout. He would later join the Air Force Reserve, and serve for 29 years, retiring as a Chief Master Sergeant.

Jim was united in marriage to Helen Reinart on August 24, 1963 in Alma Center, WI, and the couple was blessed with four children. With the growing family, Jim and Helen made their home in River Falls where he worked for the University of Wisconsin-River Falls as the long time, hard working facilities manager for the Hunt Arena and Knowles Fieldhouse. In retirement, Jim and Helen moved to Lake Magnor, and enjoyed being a part of the Clayton community. As Jim’s health declined, the couple moved back to River Falls.

Jim loved spending time with his family and relished in the joy of playing cards and games at family gatherings. His fun loving attitude was fueled by his good sense of humor. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and was a member of the Knights of Columbus, American Legion and Lions Club.

Jim will remain in the hearts of his wife of 57 years, Helen; children, Thomas (Jeanne) Schmidt of Medina, OH, Paul (Jerilyn) Schmidt of Germany, and Katrina (Richard) Einhellig of Windsor, CO; 10 grandchildren; sisters, Evelyn (Larry) Amdahl, and Elizabeth Loring; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by his son, Robert “Bob”; his parents; and sisters Ellen Dunne, and Esther Schmidt.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Jim will be held at 2:30PM on Sunday, July 11th at St. Bridget Catholic Church, 211 East Division Street in River Falls with Rev. Father Gerald Harris officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to service at the church. The mass will be livestreamed through the Saint Bridget YouTube channel. The mass will also recognize Jim’s sister, Esther Schmidt, who passed away on December 24, 2020. Interment at the Northern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Spooner. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to the Knights of Columbus Council 4902, and masses to St. Bridget Catholic Church.

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    • My deepest sympathies to Helen and your family. It has been many years but I am thankful to have known Jim and Helen when I worked with Bob in Red Wing. I appreciated his love of family and light heart. Blessings to you all at this sad time.

    • Jim Schmidt was a great person in my life. He was the father of my best friend growing up in River Falls and he gave me my first “real” job at Hunt Arena. His guidance and words of wisdom will always be appreciated. He had a great sense of humor and was always available for timely wit and wisdom to keep his zamboni drivers on their toes. Thank you for the memories Jim! You will be missed!

    • Chief Master Sergeant Jim Schmidt was our first 1st Sergeant at the 27th Mobile Aerial Port Squadron and part of the 934th Airlift Wing at the MSP IAP, Mpls, Minn. All of us totally enjoyed serving with such a patriot as Chief Schmidt! He left our Squadron and became the Senior Enlisted Advisor at the Wing. Our Wing was about 1400 strong and the Chief was a master at representing all members of the Wing. God bless you Chief! Rita and I will keep you and yours in our thoughts and prayers.