James W. Schaub, 59
June 29, 1957 — Oct. 22, 2016
James “Jim” W. Schaub, 59, of Kewaskum, was called home to be with his Lord unexpectedly while up north at his cabin Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016.
Jim was born June 29, 1957, the son of the late Homer and Mary (nee Slesar) Schaub. On June 4, 1983, he was united in marriage to Tracey Schleif at St. Lucas Evangelical Lutheran Church in Kewaskum.
Jim started his career in construction at Jack Walters & Sons. In the mid 1980s he started his own business called Jim Schaub Home Improvement where he served many local families and businesses. Jim was a member of the Kewaskum Fire Department for 30 years, three months and three days, as well as was a rescue squad driver. As a fireman in Kewaskum, Jim participated in launching the annual Fourth of July fireworks. He was a member and served on the National Wild Turkey Federation Committee and also belonged to both the New Fane and Campbellsport Sportsman’s Clubs.
Jim enjoyed hunting, fishing, trap shooting and sharing his passion for all of these with the younger generations. Whether it was helping with Jake’s Fishing Days, Annual Youth Hunts or coaching the high school trap team and more. Jim was always willing to donate his time and share his experiences. If he wasn’t working or volunteering his time here in Kewaskum, Jim could be found up north at his land in Wittenberg. He was currently working on his and Tracey’s dream: a retirement home in the woods. Jim’s greatest joys came from being surrounded by both his family and friends, whom he often treated with perfectly poured Old Fashioneds.
Those Jim leaves behind to cherish his memory include his wife of 33 years, Tracey; a son, Tanner Schaub of Kewaskum; three sisters, Jean (Ken) Crass and Judy (Mark) Biertzer, both of West Bend, and Jennifer (Daniel) Schroeder of Kewaskum; a brother- in-law, Jeff (Pam) Schleif of Germantown; two sisters-in-law, Sue Boldig of Wittenberg and Sandy (Rick) Brown of Lenexa, Kansas; six nephews, Gabe (Elisa) Biertzer, Luke (Rachel) Biertzer, Matthew (Justin) Schroeder, Jacob (fiancé Kate) Schleif, and Tyler and Travis Brown; six nieces, Sara (Jason) Hull, Kelly Crass, Ali (Aaron) Christ, Katie (special friend Tony) Schroeder, Dani (Matt) Zdroik and Megan Boldig; parents-in-law, Roger and Joyce Schleif of Campbellsport; a hunting friend, Ralph Miller of Elmore; a special canine companion, Karlee; and other relatives and many friends.
In addition to his parents, Jim was preceded in death by a nephew, Peter Schleif, and a longtime canine companion, Boone.
A memorial mass for Jim will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church (331 Main St., Kewaskum) with the Rev. Edwin Kornath officiating.
The Schaub family will greet relatives and friends Thursday at the church from 3 p.m. until the time of Mass. The Kewaskum Fire Department will do an honorary walkthrough at 6 p.m. Thursday.
In lieu of flowers, memorials to the family are appreciated and a memorial donation in Jim's memory will be made at a later date.
The Myrhum Patten Miller & Kietzer Funeral Homes have been entrusted with Jim’s arrangements. Additional information and guestbook may be found at www.myrhum-patten.com.