James Allen Schei, 90, of Clara City, formerly of Montevideo and Lake Benton, entered into eternal rest on Monday, February 15, 2021 in Carris Health - Rice Memorial Hospital, Willmar. Funeral services were held on Saturday, February 20, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Clara City. Visitation was held one hour prior to services at the church on Saturday. Burial was held at Sunset Memorial Cemetery. Arrangements were with the Wing-Bain Funeral Home.
Jim was born on June 1, 1930 in Montevideo, the son of Arne and Ruth (Nelson) Schei.
Jim was baptized and confirmed into his Christian faith in Trinity Lutheran Church, Montevideo. He grew up on the family farm near Montevideo and attended elementary in District #25 Country School, graduating from Montevideo High School in 1948.
Jim honorably served his country in the United States Army during the Korean War. He received a ‘Purple Heart’ medal in solemn recognition of his injury; a decoration which honors sacrifice and a man of humility and strength.
On February 20, 1954, Jim was united in marriage to Doris Pieper in Immanuel Lutheran Church, Clara City. Jim and Doris started their family in Montevideo, raising up four daughters. He dedicated many years to operating his family farm, dairy farming, and was also a rural mail carrier. For over 20 years, he and Doris enjoyed spending winters together in southern Texas, where they acquired dear friends and made countless memories. They lived in Lake Benton for 15 years before retiring to Clara City in 2000, where they were active members of Immanuel Lutheran Church.
Jim enjoyed woodworking projects, reading Louis L’Amour books and watching RFDTV, polka, Minnesota Twins and Gopher basketball; however, he treasured the time spent with his family more than anything else.
Jim was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Doris Schei; parents, Arne and Ruth Schei; brother, Paul Schei; and son-in-law, Richard Schlenner.
He will be deeply missed by his four daughters – Rebecca (Roger) Newman of Hector, Sally (Rod) Olson of Willmar, Dianne (Steve) Anderson of Montevideo, and Sara (Tim) Sabe of Clara City; grandchildren – Eric (Jessi) Newman, Lindsey (Mike) Buboltz, Dana (Joel) Asche, Abby (Cory) Rodelius, Jordan (Jennifer) Anderson, Blake (Katie) Anderson, Paige Sabe, Cole (Katie) Sabe, and Carter Sabe; great-grandchildren – Tate, Avery, Beckett, William, Hudson, Taya, Lowen, Noah, Bennett, Liam, Addison, Alivia, Aubree, Brendan, Amelia, Caroline, Arlo, Casper, and Graham; brother, Larry (Sue) Schei; and numerous other relatives and special friends.
Posted online on February 23, 2021