James Gregory Schmitz, 68

Former Elk River resident James (Jim) Gregory Schmitz, 68, died Monday, June 25, 2012, with his family by his side in Bigfork, Minn.
He was born Oct. 23, 1943, in Minneapolis to Gregory and Marie Schmitz.
He grew up in Minneapolis. After graduating from Marshall High School, he joined the U.S. Army and was stationed at Fort Polk, La. Soon after, he attended St. Cloud State University, where he met and married JoAnn Dubbin. They settled along Lake Orono in Elk River.
For much of his life, Mr. Schmitz worked in the industrial insulation trade with Egan & Sons and was an active member of the International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators, Local Union No. 34. After retirement, he moved to a lakeshore home in Itasca County.
He was an avid fisherman and hunter. He was a member of the American Legion and enjoyed the time he spent with friends there.
A memorial gathering will be held today (Saturday, June 30), at Lions Park Center, 1104 Lions Park Dr., Elk River.
He is survived by his sister, Barbara Hughes; brother, John; sister, Mary Gonyer; sons and their spouses, Robert Schmitz and Lenora Chu, Ryan Schmitz and Denise Landeros-Schmitz, and Daniel and Ashley Schmitz; and grandsons, Rainer, Andre, and Landon.
He was preceded in death by his parents and by his brother, Thomas.
Donations may be sent to the American Cancer Society.
Arrangements were made by Rowe Funeral Home & Crematory, Grand Rapids, Minn.
To sign the online guestbook or send condolences, visit www.rowefuneralhomeand crematory.com.