In Memory of

James M. Schissel

December 6, 1926 - November 2, 2016
James Matthew Schissel, the son of Joseph M. and Rose M. (Staver) Schissel, was born near Cherokee, Iowa on December 6, 1926. He was raised in Schisselville, Iowa, a small community located near Maryhill in rural Cherokee County, which played an important role in the life of his family. While in high school, Jim worked on the Illinois Central Railroad as a fireman. He graduated from Quimby High School in 1945. He attended Loras College before continuing his education at a commercial art school in Kansas City for one year prior to returning to Cherokee to help with the family business, Schissel Manufacturing. In 1948, Jim was united in marriage to Alice Clark at IC Catholic Church in Cherokee. The couple made their home and raised their family in Cherokee. In 1965, he joined Wilson Foods where he worked and was an active union member until his retirement in 1991. Jim had a wide array of interests, including traveling with his family, a diverse range of music, and attending auto races. He had a pilot's license and an adventurous spirit. He was a champion trap shooter and avid outdoorsman who loved to hunt and fish. He was well-known for his sense of humor, an affinity for vintage trucks, and his kindness. A father of six, Jim was a family man who could often be found supporting a child or grandchild at a school event. In 2014, Jim and Alice moved to Holstein, Iowa. He passed away at Cherokee Regional Medical Center on Wednesday, November 2, 2016, at age 89. Jim was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Jed G. Schissel; in-laws, Henry and Ada Clark; brothers John, Julian and Robert, and sisters Sr. M. Angelita, RSM and Sr. M. Johnita, RSM. His memory lives on through his wife of 68 years, Alice; five daughters, Sharon (Jon) Lemke of Iowa City, IA, Susan (Doug) Behrens of Whitewater, WI, Jane Schissel of Denver, CO, Mary Letsche of Cherokee, and Jean (Scott) Horan of Waterloo, IA; nine grandchildren, Anissa, Adam, Brooke, Paige, Elisabeth, Jack, Amanda, Jessica and Christian; six great-grandchildren, Christopher, Lilly, Jacob, Luke, Zoey and Gavin.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, November 5th at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Cherokee.
Father Dan Guenther
Jack Letsche Christian Horan Adam Lemke Doug Behrens Scott Horan Jon Lemke HONORARY PALLBEARER Jed Schissel
Visitation will be after 3:00 p.m. on Friday, November 4th at Greenwood-Schubert Funeral Home in Cherokee. A prayer service will follow the visitation at 7:00 p.m.
Mt. Calvary Cemetery Cherokee


Saturday, November 5, 2016 at 12:00 AM
“Some of my fondest memories from my youth were spending the weeks between Christmas and New Years in Cherokee with the Schissel Family. Uncle Jim would load up the car with the sleds and Jane and I and drive us to the hills in the cornfields. Uncle Jim, Jane and I spent many hours with frosted faces and numb fingers and toes (but in a good way), so much fun. I did not have much of an opportunity to go sledding in Council Bluffs as a child. When we returned Aunt Alice would make Hot Cocoa. That was a treat indeed as we never had cocoa mix at home. To the Schissel Family, so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are prayers are with you all during this time.”
- Greg and Rita Clark
Friday, November 4, 2016 at 12:00 AM
“Dear Entire Family,
Please accept my sincere sympathies in the death of your father, Jim. He lived a good life, had a lovely family, and created many loving memories for all of you, I know. It was a gift to all of you to have him pass on All Souls Day and I am sure you will treasure that always. May your many memories of your lives together sustain you at this time. I am sorry I cannot attend the services, but please know you are all in my thoughts and prayers. With my most sincere sympathies, Ann Loughlin”
- Ann U. Loughlin
Friday, November 4, 2016 at 12:00 AM
“Jane and family. I was very sorry to hear of the passing of your father. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. May the love and comfort of our Lord be all of you.”
- Mickey S. wright
Thursday, November 3, 2016 at 12:00 AM
“Our sincere sympathy to Jane and family. Keeping you close in thought and prayers.”
- Mike and Jill (Anderson) Holton
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