James E. "Jim" Schell

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September 19, 1941 ~ March 6, 2023

Born in: Daviess County, KY
Resided in: Owensboro, KY

James E. “Jim” Schell, 81, of Owensboro, Kentucky passed away March 6, 2023 at Chautauqua Health and Rehabilitation. He was born September 19, 1941 in Daviess County, Kentucky to the late Simon Schell and Lucy Wink Schell. He was a veteran of the United States Army where he served in Active Duty for four years. Jim also served ten years in the Army Reserves 100th Division. He retired from Aleris Rolled Products in Lewisport, Kentucky. Jim was a member of Blessed Mother Catholic Church, V.F.W. Post 696, American Legion (Gun Club), Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 2414, and was a Chaplin of AmVets Post 75.
Jim enjoyed watching Nascar. He loved to garden and share his harvest with others. Jim never met a stranger and always had the most contagious smile. He volunteered his time at the local food banks and enjoyed cooking at the church picnics.
Along with his parents, Jim was preceded in death by his wife, Mary JoAnn Schell; brothers, Herman Joseph “Joe” (Dorothy) Schell and Robert “Bob” Schell; sister, Agnes Thomas; best friend and companion, Maybelle Koger; and brother-in-law, Bill Phillips.
He is survived by his siblings, Mildred Phillips, Gene (Barbara) Schell; sister-in-law, Judy Schell; brother-in-law, Billy Thomas; stepchildren, Edward Weaver, Paul Joseph Ewing, and Rebecca Ann Simmons all of Owensboro; special friends, Donna (Mike) Koger and Linda (Ronnie) Sallee both of Owensboro; step grandchildren, Brad Simmons, Benny Simmons, and Timmy Simmons; and several nieces and nephews.
Mass of a Christian Burial will be 12:00 pm on Thursday, March 9, 2023, at Blessed Mother Catholic Church. Burial to follow at St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be 9:30 am to 11:30 am on Thursday, March 9, 2023, at Haley McGinnis Funeral Home & Crematory.
Expressions of sympathy may take the form of charitable donations made payable to Blessed Mother Catholic Church, 601 E. 23rd Street, Owensboro, KY 42301 and/or to AmVets Post 75, 2600 W. 2nd Street, Owensboro, KY 42301 Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
Haley McGinnis Funeral Home & Crematory is both honored and privileged to be entrusted with the care of Mr. Schell. Leave your messages of condolence for the family of James E. “Jim” Schell and sign his virtual guestbook at www.haleymcginnis.com.


Visitation: March 9, 2023 9:30 am - 11:30 am

Haley McGinnis Funeral Home & Crematory
519 Locust St.
Owensboro, KY 42301


Mass of Christian Burial: March 9, 2023 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Blessed Mother Catholic Church
601 East 23rd street
Owensboro, KY 42303


Interment: March 9, 2023 1:30 pm

St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery
261 St. Anthony Road
Utica, KY


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  1. We are so sorry to hear of my Uncle Jim passing on!!
    He was such a wonderful man to be around!!
    I always loved jocking with him when I could talk to him.He always made you laugh!!
    He loved sharing about his past and sharing about his life.
    We as a family will be praying for all of you

  2. I’m sorry to hear of Uncle Jim’s passing. But I am glad to know we will see him again in heaven. He was a friendly soul who would carry on a conversation with you as if you were his best friend.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone who his life here touched. ❤️

  3. Uncle Jim, I remember all of the fun backyard barbecues and picnics where our families would get together. You will be missed. You were a dear brother to my father Robert Leo Schell (Bob). Praying for your family. Pamela. Bob’s eldest.

  4. My Dad Carroll Burton worked with his brother Gene at the Post Office in Owensboro and I knew Jim as a Mall Walker when I worked at Town Square Mall when he walked with Gene, Harold, and Billy

  5. I have shared some photos on the timeline here. Click on ‘view timeline’ in the Memories Timeline area above to see them. I’m sorry I’m not able to come today. Our love is with you,
    Lisa (Schell) Keown and family. ❤️

  6. To all families of Jim Schell:
    We were saddened to see about the passing of Jim, and wanted
    to express our condolences to all of the families. All are in our
    thoughts and prayers.

  7. Remembering Jim, SSG USAR ..He was one of the best NCO that i have ever worked with…we worked together for 10 years in the 100th Division..He was my supply Sgt both Active and Reserve. Was the best. 1SG Larry R. McElroy

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