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Fulkerson - Stevenson Funeral Home
Springan - Stevenson Funeral Home
It's all about saying goodbye.
Jim Schmitt
August 25, 1931 - June 23, 2022

Place of Birth: Sidney, MT
Residence: Hillsboro, OR
Age: 90

Jim Schmitt, Beloved Husband, Father and Grandfather, passed away on Thursday, June 23, 2022, at his home in Hillsboro, Oregon, surrounded by his Children and Wife of 67 years, He was 90 years young.

Born to parents Amelia and Philip Schmitt in Sidney, Montana, Jim grew up on a farm alongside 11 siblings.

Jim attended school in Sidney, graduating from the eighth grade in 1946. Even though he spent most of his time working in the fields with his father, Jim excelled academically, receiving the highest score on the achievement test in Richland County.

In 1952, Jim enlisted in the army to serve in the Korean War. According to Jim, he was assigned as a “combo man:” a position involving wiring phone cables, transmitting radio signals and carrying light weapons (BAR).

While in Korea, Jim’s platoon was hit by an artillery bomb, and he was flown to Japan for surgery---surgeons removed 92 pieces of shrapnel from his body. After being released from the army due to his injury, Jim came home to Sidney and married the love of his life, Joan Bouchard.

Once married, Jim attended Coyne Electrical College while working part-time at Alden’s, a catalog store in Chicago, Illinois. He graduated in 1956.

Jim and Joan would go on to have four children, and as the years passed, they welcomed 18 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren whom he adored greatly.

Jim worked as a service electrician and retired from Montgomery Ward in 1983.

Among several pastimes, Jim enjoyed gardening, taking on engineering projects, playing card games and mentoring his grandchildren.

Jim was always one to crack a joke, and his sense of humor, kindness and optimism will always be
remembered---and dearly missed.

Jim is survived by his wife; Joan, of Hillsboro, Oregon, two sisters; Rose Gerkie of Montana and Mickey
Fleming of California, one brother; Larry (Marilyn) of Montana, two daughters; Kathy (George)
Hackleman and Theresa (Bill) LaMora, both of Oregon, two sons; Dan (Cheryl) Schmitt of Texas and
Richard (Annette) Schmitt of Oregon, 18 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers and four sisters.

A Celebration of Life will be held for Jim in August 2022 for Family and Friends to join together to Remember and Celebrate Jim's Life.

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Mike schmity (Fargo, Nd)
Jul 3, 2022
Uncle Jim will be missed. Take care aunt Joann
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