James Schenk, 77, Lake CityPublished 10:22am Thursday, January 10, 2013
James Schenk, 77, of Lake City, Minn., passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013, at Mayo Clinic Health System, Lake City.
James was born in Quakertown, Penn., on July 13, 1935, to Oliver Wendel “Tom” and Vida “Breezy” (Davis) Schenk. After graduating from high school he attended the University of Alabama on a football scholarship. On Sept. 21, 1963, he married Mitzi Meyer and they later divorced. Jim drove truck out east for a little while until moving to Minn. He then began trucking for Bunny Bread, Len Parish Trucking and LCL Transit Co. Jim then became the secretary treasurer for the Teamsters Local 160. On Nov. 8, 2003 he married Dorothy Mark o (Northey) at the Little Brown Church in Iowa, and they moved to Lake City. After retiring he began driving for the Hiawatha Transit for seven years, where was able to visit with the riders and enjoy driving pre-school kids. He belonged to the United Methodist Church. Jim enjoyed snowmobiling, watching football, NASCAR and drag races. He also enjoyed working, visiting with people, drinking coffee and eating pie.
He is survived by his wife, Dorothy of Lake City; daughter, Teresa (Jim) Baldus of Austin; grandchildren, Brianna, Ryan (Sarah); great-grandson Connor; step-children Stacey (Craig) Bolton of Rosemount, Minn., Tiffany (Jon) Voth of Goodhue, Minn., McKenzie (Blake) Sagdalen of Rochester, Minn.; step-grandchildren, Avery and Collin Bolton, Elliott and Charlotte Voth; sisters, Brian Elizabeth Coleman of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Penelope Schenk of Oxford, U.K.; brothers, O.W. (Rosie) Schenk of Newark, Vt., and Erick Schenk of Charleston, S.C.; niece Nina Davis and her son, Tomasso; special people, Mitzi Schenk of Austin and Karen (Jim) Blue of Red Wing, Minn. He was preceded in death by his parents Vida “Breezy” and O.W. “Tom” Schenk; son, Tom Schenk; step-granddaughter, Josey Claire; uncle Nelson; and his dogs, Jamie and Mantha Mae.
Memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, at the United Methodist Church in Lake City with the Rev. Kristine Marshall officiating. Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service Saturday at the church. Mahn Family Funeral Home, Anderson-Peterson Chapel is assisting with the arrangments. In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to the family. Online condolences can be sent to www.mahnfamily funeralhome.com.