James Owen Schaller

James "Jim" Owen Schaller of West Bend, 86, passed away Saturday, March 19, 2011, at his home surrounded by his loving family.

Jim was born to George and Theresa (nee Fisher) Schaller on July 22, 1924, in Bangor. Jim served in the U.S. Army from 1945 to 1946 during World War II. He married Gloria Mae (nee Cook) on Oct. 16, 1948, at St. Michaelís Catholic Church in Milwaukee.

Jim was a high school graduate and worked hard in a four-year apprenticeship studying his trade. During his working career, his trade was a glazier. Jim was employed by the top glazing firms in the Milwaukee area. He eventually became a master in his field. His hobbies included Polka dancing, gardening, traveling, camping, reading and church involvements. He had a special interest and love for nature, collecting rocks, wood working projects, such as bird houses and gifts for his family. Jim also had a great love for his country.

Jim was a member of S/Sgt. Henry F. Gumm Post 486 American Legion, Knights of Columbus Post 1964 and St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church in West Bend.

Jim is survived by his wife, Gloria; five children, Steven Schaller, Deborah (Norbert) Hembrook, Diane (Maurice) Koch, Eric (Marlyn) Schaller and Cynthia (Kenneth) Fergus; eight grandchildren, Nicholas, Adam and Derek Schaller, Troy and Todd Koch, Kyla Schaller and Lindsey and Logan Fergus; six great-grandchildren, Tory, Angelee and Evelyn Schaller, Adam Jr. and Daniel Schaller and Dereanna Schaller. He is further survived by other relatives and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents and eight brothers, Obid, Orville, Wilfred, Leo, Virgil, Douglas, John and Raphael.

A Mass of Christian burial will take place Wednesday, March 23, at 6 p.m. at St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church, 1025 S. 7th Ave., West Bend. A visitation will be on Wednesday, March 23. at 4 p.m. until time of service. There will also be a military walk-thru at 5:30 p.m. An entombment will take place Thursday, March 24, at 10 a.m. at Washington County Memorial Park.

The Phillip Funeral Home of West Bend is assisting the family.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Robert Gibson, Dr. Marjorie Vukelich, Dr. Richard Wakefield, Aurora Vince Lombardi Clinic in Slinger, Hartford Hospital nursing staff, Aurora Palliative and Hospice Care, blood donors of Wisconsin and to the Stars, Stripes and Honor Volunteers for his flight on Nov. 6, 2010.