James D. Schmidt

James D. Schmidt

FAIRMONT — A memorial service for James D. Schmidt, age 79, of Fairmont, Minn., will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 13, 2019, at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Fairmont. Inurnment will be at a later date in Riverside Cemetery, Montgomery, Ill. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service Saturday at the church.

James passed away Thursday morning, July 4, 2019, at Goldfinch Memory Care in Fairmont.

Lakeview Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Fairmont is assisting the family with arrangements.

James Douglas Schmidt was born Jan. 30, 1940, in Aurora, Ill., son of William and Leona (Gillow) Schmidt. James received his education at East Aurora public schools. After graduating from high school, James attended a trade school, where he became a tool and die maker. He later also became an HVAC technician.

Along with various other jobs throughout the years, James worked at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort in Tucson, Ariz., for over 19 years.

On May 28, 1963, James was united in marriage to Ruth Miller. This union was blessed with three sons: David, Thomas and George.

James and Ruth resided in Oswego, Ill. and shared 23 years together before Ruth passed away on Sept. 18, 1986.

On July 21, 1990, James was united in marriage to Barbara (Johnson) Peterson at the Rose Garden in the Fabyan Forest Preserve in Geneva, Ill. James and Barbara resided in Illinois before moving to Tucson, Ariz., in 1992. The couple later moved to Fairmont, Minn., in 2010, and shared 29 years together.

James was a member of St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Fairmont.

During his free time, he enjoyed hiking with Barbara as well as caring for their many cats they had through the years. James was also an avid reader and handyman who could fix just about anything.

Left to cherish his memory include his wife, Barbara Schmidt of Fairmont, Minn.; sons, David (Heide) Schmidt of Sheridan, Ill., Tom (Kathie) Schmidt of Millbrook, Ill., and George Schmidt of Aurora, Ill.; stepson, Thom (Charles Johnson) Peterson of Truman, Minn.; grandchildren, Amy Schmidt of Woodstock, Ga., Brittany Schmidt of Marseilles, Ill., Garren (Shannon) Schmidt of Newark, Ill., Brendon Schmidt of LaSalle, Ill.; great-grandson, Clayton Schmidt of Newark, Ill.; other relatives and friends.

James was preceded in death by his parents, William and Leona Schmidt; and his first wife, Ruth Schmidt.