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James Schueth

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James J. 'Jim' Schueth, 86, New Hampton, died Wednesday, October 21, 2015, at Mercy Medical Center in Mason City. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 a.m. Saturday, October 24, 2015, at Holy Family Parish, New Hampton with Rev. Mark Osterhaus celebrating the Mass. The pall will be placed by his wife and three sons. Lectors for the service will be Tony Schueth and Taylor Schueth. Presenting the offertory gifts will be Leticia Schueth and Ashley Schueth. Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery with Gethro Nullan, Kenny Maupin, Doug Schueth, Sam Schueth, Nathan Schueth, Jeffry Petrie and Bob Manges as pallbearers. Military honors will be conducted by the New Hampton American Legion Post. Friends may greet the family from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. Friday, October 23, 2015 at Hugeback-Johnson Funeral Home in New Hampton. Visitation will continue an hour prior to the Mass at the church on Saturday. In Lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Joseph Community School. James Jerome Schueth was born May 14, 1929, in New Hampton, IA, the son of Jerome and Irene (Westemeier) Schueth. He received his elementary education at St. Joseph Community School and was a 1947 graduate of the New Hampton High School. Jim continued his education at the University of Iowa, graduating in 1952. In 1951, Jim joined the Air Force, being accepted into Officer Candidate School (OCS). He served as an active duty officer for four years, and then opted for the Air Force Reserves where he served as a Liaison Officer for the Air Force Academy, retiring with the rank of Major in 1974. On August 5, 1952, at St. Matthew Catholic Church in Cedar Rapids, he married Sue Petrie of Abingdon, IL. To this union three sons were born. The couple made New Hampton their home in 1953, when he went into business with his father at Schueth Ace Hardware. He was co-owner of the New Hampton retail establishment until 1991, with his brother, Donald Schueth joining him in 1960. The store remains in the Schueth family, now in the third generation, under the proprietorship of Douglas Schueth and Jackie Perkins. In 1974, he joined the Iowa Retail Hardware Association board where he eventually served a two-year term as chairman. In 1992, Jim was elected to the Chickasaw County Board of Supervisors where he served for four terms (16 years), including several as board chairman, choosing not to run for reelection in 2008. Jim was proud of 40 years of community service through business ownership and public service. During his tenure as County Supervisor, he was especially proud of the completion of the Community Service building and finding the financing for the Nature Center at Twin ponds. He would like to be remembered as an honest, hard-working, friendly, energetic, straight-shooting and good natured man who was passionate and devoted to his family, God and community service. His time and talents were used in service to the New Hampton community, where he lived his entire life except for college and active military service. Among his investments in the community were active participation in Holy Family Church, where he served on the Parish Council and the Lions Club, where he joined just a year after them getting their franchise. He also served on both the Light Plant Board and Chamber of Commerce where he was president. At the Chamber, he was proud of being among the leaders of the Main Street initiative, an economic impact program focused on historic preservation. Survivors include his wife of 63-years, Sue; three sons, Steven (Darla) Schueth of Boulder, CO; Peter (Sherrie) Schueth of Indianapolis, IN; Tony (Andrea) Schueth of Ft. Lauderdale; seven grandchildren, Sam Schueth, Dayna Schueth, Nathan Schueth, Taylor Schueth, Samantha Schueth, Leticia Schueth and Ashley Schueth; three great-grandchildren, Joshua Dias, Jackson Schueth and Quintin Schueth; two sisters-in-law, Liz Schueth of Indianapolis, Sandy Schueth of New Hampton; one brother-in-law, Jeff Petrie of Des Moines. He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, Geraldine Tervo; two brothers, Robert Schueth and Donald Schueth.

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  1. My sympathy to Sue and family. I’ve always had the utmost respect for Jim – such an intelligent man. He always took time to visit. What a great guy.

  2. Great Memories: The Castle they lived in and Jim was the King and Sue the Queen. Sleepovers at the Schueth, Pancake eating contest, Junkyard by the Tracks, Basement of the Schueth Hardware, Boundary Waters, Talking Business with Jim, Schueth Dance Party at Tony and Andrea’s wedding, stopping over to see Jim and Sue before leaving NH, and many many others. Always took an interest in others and a great conversationalist. He made a Mark on NH and impacted many. A man with alot of wisdom. Always made you feel special. Jim — You will be missed by many but will see you in heaven in the future. Thanks for all the memories and being so genuine. Roger Maupin

  3. We truly appreciated the wonderful sense of humor and clear thinking. Jim was a fine problem solver because he listened and then formed his opinions and ideas. Arnie and Carol Boge

  4. This video was so beautiful to watch. I didn’t know a lot of the people, but I knew they were the Jim and Sue Schueth’s family. Very nice and thank you.

  5. We will miss our dear neighbor and friend. Jim always had a hello for us and the boys, and lots of patience with our yellow lab who was especially fond of Jim. Our sympathies to Sue and the family.

  6. Jim always had a smile and hello no matter where you saw him. He was a great man. All our thoughts and prayers. David and Jeanne Roder

  7. Our condolences to Sue and all the Schueth family. Jim was such a nice person, always greeted you with a smile and friendly hello. He was a good businessman and treated his customers well. His community spirit and kindness will be remembered by many.

  8. Thinking of all the family on the loss of Jim. He was a special man, always had time to say hello and see how you were doing. He will be missed!

  9. To all of Jim’s family-My sincere sympathy. May your wonderful memories give you peace in the days and weeks to come.

  10. Our deepest sympathy to Sue and all of the Schueth family. George and I enjoyed our visits with Sue and Jim over the years. Jim was a genteel, warm, kind, and gracious man. His family, friends, and community will miss him. ~ Kathy and George

  11. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Schueth family on the loss of your loved one. May your loving memories of ‘Jim’ give you comfort through this trying time. I fondly remember Jim and Sue sitting in the stands near Swede and Shirley during many Chickasaw games while growing up. Condolences from Jim and Lyn Holzer and the whole ‘Swede’ and Shirley Holzer family

  12. Regards to the Schueth family on the loss of your loved one. He will be remembered as a community leader and a good man.

  13. Soon after returning to New Hampton I had a nice conversation with Jim who shared memories of his Dad Jerry’s thoughts about the mutual respect he and my Dad shared. Jim’s passing marks the end of an era, My sister Jeanne and I send our condolences to Sue.

  14. So sorry for your loss, Sue. just talked to you Saturday afternoon and enjoyed visiting with you. I will miss seeing Jim. He was a very nice friend. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  15. Sue and family, so sorry for your loss. New Hampton has lost a special business man with such a great smile and personality. We have been life long friends and will always cherish that. DUANE & Pat Lynch

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