James Scheibl (1937-2013)

James Scheibl

            Having fought severe heart issues in the past several years, James Scheibl died early Sunday morning, December 29, 2013. Instead of singing in the choir that morning, he sang with the angels. Jim was born in Fond du Lac, WI, October 13, 1937 to John and Adelia Dickmann. He grew up in Sheboygan, WI, where he learned his love of music, his talent for singing and playing the organ and other instruments, his love for the outdoors, fishing, and getting along with people.

            He attended the UW-Extension in Sheboygan for two years and then joined the Air Force where he served in Libya and Scotland. When he completed his enlistment, he returned to WI to finish college at UW-Madison where he also found part-time employment as organist for the chapel on campus. He also joined the National Guard and served for many years with them.

            Upon completing his education, he married Gertrude Bryll in Sheboygan. She died in 1975. He took employment with Ladish Tri-Clover in the Human Resources department in 1967. He’s been a Kenosha County resident ever since. He retired from Tri-Clover in December of 1997 as Director of Human Resources.

Jim served as choir director for St. Thomas Aquinas parish from 1967 until the parish closed in June 2000. He sang in several choirs. He also served on the parish councils of St. Thomas and St. Peter Parish. He served on the Gateway Technical Board of Trustees and the St. Joseph High School Board of Trustees. He served on the Civil Service Commission, Taxpayers Alliance, and several other groups related to his interests. Service was part of his life’s work.

            Jim’s desire for a strong family solidified with the birth of his son, Stephen in 1973. In 1979 he married Mary Jo Morris and his family expanded with three stepsons and her close-knit, large extended family. Jim quickly excelled at being the best uncle, brother-in-law, son-in-law, and stepdad.

            He had perfect pitch and loved singing, all types of music, and played several instruments. He loved negotiating and problem solving. He enjoyed reading, especially mysteries and non-fiction. Fishing and hunting were a must—an excuse to enjoy the outdoors. He always had a smile and often a joke to tell that took too long in the telling. He loved his family, life, his country.

            Jim will be missed by all those who mourn him—his son, Stephen, his wife Mary Jo, his stepson Steven Morris and his grandson, Remington Quinn Morris of Anchorage, Alaska; his three sisters-in-law, his brother-in-law, two nieces, four nephews, three step-nephews and their families, and many lifelong friends. Jim celebrates New Years with those who preceded him—his parents, first wife, and stepsons John Morris and Jim Morris.

            A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday January 3rd 2013 at 11:00AM at St. Peter Catholic Church in Kenosha. (2224-30th Avenue) Friends and family are asked to meet at the church.

            Visitation with the family will be on Thursday evening January 2nd 2013 from 5:00PM until 7:00PM at the Kemper Center Founders Hall in Kenosha. (6501-3rd Avenue)

            In lieu of flowers, memorials to either the Inns Program or St. Joseph Academy would be appreciated.

Thoughts for James Scheibl (1937-2013);

  • Lori Dieter Darby says:

    Mary Jo and Steve. I am so very sorry for this great loss in your lives…of beloved husband and faithful dad… As I read of Jim’s life, this song came to me…I hope it is one of his favorites too:
    My life flows on in endless song;
    Above earth’s lamentation,
    I hear the sweet, tho’ far-off hymn
    That hails a new creation;
    Thro’ all the tumult and the strife
    I hear the music ringing;
    It finds an echo in my soul—
    How can I keep from singing?
    What tho’ my joys and comforts die?
    The Lord my Saviour liveth;
    What tho’ the darkness gather round?
    Songs in the night he giveth.
    No storm can shake my inmost calm
    While to that refuge clinging;
    Since Christ is Lord of heaven and earth,
    How can I keep from singing?
    I lift my eyes; the cloud grows thin;
    I see the blue above it;
    And day by day this pathway smooths,
    Since first I learned to love it;
    The peace of Christ makes fresh my heart,
    A fountain ever springing;
    All things are mine since I am his—
    How can I keep from singing?

    Praying for you…Lori

  • Arlene LoPiccolo says:

    Mary Jo, my heart and prayers are with you at this sad time.
    My sincerest sympathy to you and your loved ones.
    Arlene LoPiccolo

  • Mary Jo, So sorry to hear of your loss but so glad you had such a wonderful husband. St Paul said to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. May God comfort you at this time.

  • Maureen Welli says:

    Mary Jo,
    I am so sorry to hear of your loss, my thoughts and prayers are with you. I know you will have many warm and loving memories of Jim, take care of yourself.

    Maureen Welli

  • I’m so, so sorry to hear of your loss. Just to let you know I’ll be thinking of you and including you and your family in my prayers. You have been a very good friend to me and, even though I can’t travel now, I think of you often.

  • Bob and Peg Nikolai says:

    We were so sorry to see in the paper today that Jim passed away. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Bob enjoyed working with Jim for many years at Tri-Clover especially on the management committee. He will be sorely missed.

  • Suzette Englund says:

    Mary Lo, I was out of town and did not know that your husband passed away until I read your column in the Kenosha News on Sunday. I am so very sorry for your loss and pray for you and your family at this very hard time. I’m so sorry I did not know your husband personally. He seems to have been a very special man.

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