James E. Schmitt “Pops”, age 85, of Evansville, IN, passed away Wednesday, August 19, 2020, at home.
James was born July 19, 1935, in Evansville, IN, to William E. and Alma M. (Jourdan) Schmitt. He attended Memorial High School. James was a Veteran in the United States Marine Corps and served in Korea. He was a member of the American Legion Kapperman Post 44 in Newburgh and was a member of VFW Post 1114 in Evansville. He was a member of Good Shepherd Catholic Church and retired from Alcoa in 1994 after 30 years of service as a head pot operator. He loved horses, and after retirement, he went on to be a horse trainer at Ellis Park. James enjoyed hunting, fishing, going to the casino, and watching the horses run at the track.
James is survived by his sons, Jimmy Schmitt (Sandy) and Duwayne Schmitt (Lisa); sisters, June Folz (Al) and Clara Lilly (Dave); grandchildren, Charish Draper (Joshua), Cody Schmitt, Jason Schmitt, Brian Schmitt, Jamie Schulte (Chris), Taylor Madison (Donavon), Austin Schmitt, Lindsay Brodasky (Tom), and Kyndel Dollison; 10 great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
James is preceded in death by his parents; loving wife of 50 years, Nancy Gay (Kneir) Schmitt, who passed away in 2006; and son, Jeffrey Schmitt, who passed away in 2020.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 12:00 p.m., Tuesday, August 25, 2020, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 618 East Virginia Street, Evansville. Burial will be in Park Lawn Cemetery where the American Legion Kapperman Post 44 will render full military rites.
Friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, August 25, 2020, at BOONE FUNERAL HOME EAST CHAPEL – A Family Tradition Funeral Home, 5330 Washington Avenue, Evansville.
Memorial Contributions may be made to: American Diabetes Association at 3700 Bellemeade Avenue, Evansville, IN 47714 or Arthritis Foundation at 615 North Alabama Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204.
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