James Allen (Jim) Schell


unknown - July 22, 2011

James Allen (Jim) Schell, 86, of Jefferson City, passed away Friday, July 22, 2011, peacefully at Oak Tree Villa surrounded by his family. Jim was born August 12, 1924, in Jefferson City, the only child of Richard A. and Phyllis (Farris) Schell, both of whom preceded him in death. On May 17, 1952, he was united in marriage to Patricia Rose Tucker, who survives at the home. A lifelong resident of Jefferson City, Jim attended the "old" West School across from the St. Peter's Cemetery on West Main Street. He was a 1942 graduate of Jefferson City High School. He attended the University of Missouri-Columbia from 1942-1943, where he was a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity. Jim served in the United States Army in World War II from January 1, 1944 - December 31, 1945, as a Private, First Class, earning four bronze stars for his service. Returning to Jefferson City after the war, he became the manager of Atlas Materials Company, and worked there until it closed in the 1980's. He also worked in the construction business with his father and uncles at Schell Construction Company until it closed in 1986, when he retired. He was a licensed surveyor in the state of Missouri. He owned his own surveying company for a time, did survey work for Schell Construction and surveyed the original Schellridge Road and subdivision. For a period of time he held the position of County Surveyor for Gasconade County. Jim was a member of St. Joseph Cathedral, and was formerly a member of St. Peter's Catholic Church. He was a life member of the VFW, American Legion, and a member of the Jefferson City Gun Club. Jim loved to hunt, especially duck and turkey. He loved to fish, boat, spend time at his lake cabin, and travel with his wife, Pat. In Jim's lifetime, he and Pat traveled to Mexico, Canada, Ireland, France, Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. They traveled to many Army reunions and took many wonderful vacations around the states. Most of all, Jim loved a good nap. Other survivors include two daughters: Pat Lawrence and her husband Stan of Jefferson City, and Sally Oxenhandler and her husband Brad of Jefferson City; two sons: Dr. James A. Schell II and his wife Carol of Cape Girardeau, and Charles R. Schell of Beckley, West Virginia; six grandchildren: Leslie Beasley Hodges and her husband Grant, Clinton Lawrence, Blair and Brian Oxenhandler, and Abbey and Ivan Schell; and one great-grandchild: Avery Grant Hodges. Friends will be received from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Monday, July 25, 2011, at the Houser-Millard Funeral Home, with a prayer service to be held at 3:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, July 26, 2011, at the Cathedral of St. Joseph, with Father Nicholas Reid officiating. Entombment will follow at Resurrection Cemetery Mausoleum, with full military honors. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Carmelite Monastery, Vogleweid Learning Center, or the charity of the donor's choice. Arrangements are under the direction of HOUSER-MILLARD Funeral Directors, 2613 West Main Street, (573) 636-3838. Condolences may be left for the family online at

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