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James  Drury "Jim" Schell

James Drury "Jim" Schell
  • December 12, 1927 - November 20, 2018
  • Battle Creek, Michigan
  • Miles for Memories

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“I have wonderful memories of growing up with the Schell family. The BBQ breakfasts at Goguac Lake topped the list. You need to know that your...Read More »
1 of 18 | Posted by: Greg Erickson - Lakeland, FL

“I had the privilege to know Jim when I worked at Clark Battle Creek Engineering as well as Clark Georgetown. I remember him as a great mentor, true...Read More »
2 of 18 | Posted by: David Martin - Estero, FL

“To the Schell Family:We are so sad to hear about Jim's passing. He was a great man who was very dedicated to CLARK and the forklift industry. His...Read More »
3 of 18 | Posted by: CLARK Material Handling Company - KY

“Dear Teresa we are so sorry for your loss, sorry we can't be there , we will keep you in our prayers love you Betty and Grand Cary. ”
4 of 18 | Posted by: A friend

“Teresa, I'm so sorry to hear of the passing of your husband. You and your family are in my prayers. ”
5 of 18 | Posted by: Willie Tabb - Albion, MI

“No one could find a nicer friend than Jim..... ”
6 of 18 | Posted by: Jerry Archer - Carp Lake, MI

“Dear Rob, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your Father. While I did not know him I know he must have been a wonderful man as he raised a...Read More »
7 of 18 | Posted by: Linda Weber - Taylors, SC

“Sara, Rob, and Susan I'm so sorry and sad for your loss. Lots of memories of times spent at the Lake and in your parents basement. Always loved your...Read More »
8 of 18 | Posted by: Adrenna (Hawkins) La Marca - AZ

“I want to express my sympathy to the family and friends. May the God of all comfort be with you, and give you the strength to ensure during this...Read More »
9 of 18 | Posted by: A friend

“Sara and Rob,I am sorry to see of your Dad's passing. I remember him as a kind and gracious man.Best regards,Jim Biddlecome ”
10 of 18 | Posted by: A friend

“Sue, So sorry for the loss of your dad. My thoughts are with you and your family at this sad time. Hugs and much love to you! Missy ”
11 of 18 | Posted by: Melissa Anderson - Dowling, MI

“My Love to the Schell's. My family were their neighbors on 28th Street and good friends growing up. Susan was my flower girl when I married. My Mom...Read More »
12 of 18 | Posted by: Julie Williams Kendrick - Phoenix, AZ

“Jim had a lifelong impact on my life. The example his life exhibited to me through my childhood and youth years had a very positive influence. My...Read More »
13 of 18 | Posted by: Jim Williams - Fenton, MI

“Sorry to hear Him has passed. He was a good man. ”
14 of 18 | Posted by: Brad Mccrory - Tulsa, OK - Friend

“Theresa, Sue and family, Nancy and I share many happy memories of Jim's participation in activities sponsored by the Industrial Truck Association. ...Read More »
15 of 18 | Posted by: William Montwieler - Washington, DC

“Jim was my next door neighbor and friend for nearly 30 years. He was very found of my two sons Josh & Matt who thought very highly of Jim. Jim got to...Read More »
16 of 18 | Posted by: Gary Busch - Sturgis, MI - Friend

“Sue and family, I am saddened to read of your father's passing. Our deepest condolences to you and your family. Hugs and prayers for you and your...Read More »
17 of 18 | Posted by: Pat Mayo - Battle Creek, MI

“Gisela and I send our most heartfelt condolences. Jim was truly one of the good guys in our industry. He made a difference personally and...Read More »
18 of 18 | Posted by: Robert Wuench - Solon, OH

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James Drury "Jim" Schell, 90, of Battle Creek died at Bronson Battle Creek on Tuesday, November 20, 2018, after having a heart attack earlier in the day.

Jim was born December 12, 1927 in Niles, Michigan the son of Otis George and Edna Mae (Wright) Schell. He grew up on a farm in Jones, Michigan, graduated from Three Rivers High School and earned a Bachelor's Degree in Agriculture and Engineering from Michigan State University. Jim honorably served his country in the U.S. Army during WWII. He was first employed teaching agriculture and shop and coached multiple sports in Hillman, Michigan. Jim worked in Battle Creek for most of his career with Clark Equipment Company. He moved with Clark to Lexington, KY where he helped establish the engineering labs. He was the Director of Engineering Operations, Forklift Safety and the Safety Director for North America. He was president of JDS Consultants and was part owner of Technical Arts, doing technical arts and writing instruction manuals. He was also the co-owner of Mobility Transport LLC with his wife, Teresa from 2007-2015.

Jim married Janet R. Pass on October 19, 1947 in Three Rivers, Michigan. Sadly, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Janet on April 25, 2001. Jim married Teresa D. (Wolfe) Rothwell on July 1, 2002 in Mackinaw City. Surviving are his wife, Teresa D. Schell; children, Sara J. (John) Kellogg of Traverse City, MI, Susan (Richard) Smith of Battle Creek, Rob (Linda) Schell of Kalamazoo; stepchildren, Ryan (Heather) Elliott and Sara (Brian) Damon all of Battle Creek, Troy Rothwell of Los Angeles, CA; 12 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and his in-laws, Edward and Bonnie Wolfe of Homer, MI. In addition to his first wife, Jim was also preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Jayne Whitney.

Jim was a former member of First United Methodist Church serving in a variety of ways including serving as chairman of the Financial Committee. He was also chairman of the Industrial Truck Association and a consultant engineer for ITA. Jim was active in Boy Scouts with his son. Jim was very knowledgeable and enjoyed teaching about agriculture and engineering. In his younger days, he enjoyed playing tennis, running and sports in general. Jim was an avid MSU fan. He played Euchre, Bridge and attained the "Magic Hand" in Cribbage. Recently he exercised and played cards and games at Marion Burch Adult Day Care Center. Jim will be remembered as a great family man, dedicated to his family and friends; and always trying to help others.

Friends will be received 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Wednesday at Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care, where a service to celebrate Jim's life will be held 10:30 a.m. Thursday, November 29, 2018. Military honors, committal and interment will follow at Fort Custer National Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Marian E. Burch Adult Day Care Center, Miles for Memories or the Alzheimer's Association. Personal messages for the family may be placed here at