James H. "Jim" Scheitler, 67, of rural Le Mars, died Saturday Jan. 21, 2006, at St. Luke's Regional Medical Center in Sioux City, following a lengthy illness.
James Henry Scheitler was born Oct. 26, 1938, in Plymouth County, near Oyens, the son of Leo and Della (Kramer) Scheitler. He grew up in the Oyens area and graduated from elementary school at St. Catherine's Parochial School. He then became engaged in farming and took over the operation of the family farm in the Oyens area.
Jim married Lois Schwanke Oct. 26, 1963, at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Leeds. The couple farmed for several years in the Oyens area before moving to a farm west of Le Mars in 1970.
Jim was a longtime member of Our Lady of Assumption Catholic Church in Merrill.
Jim farmed his entire life in Plymouth County. It was a job he loved and was proud to have had the opportunity to work the land. The only other things more important to him was church and his family. He loved his family and grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife of 42 years Lois of rural Le Mars; his four children and and nine grandchildren: Rob Scheitler and his wife. Joyce and their daughter Shaunna of rural Le Mars, Jan Feller and her husband. Mike and their children Brandon, Kyle, and Katie of Le Mars, Marc Scheitler and his wife. Lisa and their children Scott, Noah, and Joshua of Le Mars, and Joyce Bennett and her husband. Dale and their children Gabriel, and their baby-to-be of Spencer. He is also survived by a brother Tom Scheitler of Sioux City.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers: John and Gerald Scheitler.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. James Catholic Church in Le Mars, with the Rev. Nickolas L. Becker presiding. The Rev. Richard Ball and the Rev. James Tigges will be concelebrating. Burial will be in St. Catherine's Catholic Cemetery in Oyens.
Visitation will be after 2:00 p.m. Wednesday at St. James Church in Le Mars, where there will be a rosary at 4 p.m. and the Scriptural wake service at 7:30 p.m. Visitation will resume on Thursday morning at the Church for one hour before the Mass.
The Feuerstein Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.