James John Schmidt, 83
James John Schmidt, 83, of Cedarburg, WI, passed away Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017, peacefully at Arden Courts of Geneva, Ill.
James “Jim,” was born in Milwaukee, WI, to Loretta and Edward Schmidt. A graduate of Messmer High School, he was drafted into military service in 1956, and served in the Army’s 9th Infantry in Korea. Upon completion of his service, he enjoyed a long career in the automotive sales industry. Jim was a popular sales manager at Rank & Son Buick in Milwaukee for over 20 years and spent another 15 years at Sommer’s in Mequon. Jim proudly had close personal relationships with many of his customers. Over his long career, he sold cars to multiple members and generations of families.
An avid golfer, he spent days off on the golf course working on his game, playing card games like cribbage and socializing with friends.
He enjoyed eating out and frequented his favorite restaurants, Newport Shores in Port Washington and Chuck’s Place in Thiensville.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents and his younger brother Russel. He is survived by his brother John, sister Donna Mae, his two loving daughters Andrea and Krista and four grandchildren, Jackson, Elizabeth, Nicholas and Sarah, and many beloved family members.
A memorial service will be held in honor of Jim on Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, at 11 a.m. at the Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Union Grove, WI.