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Obituary for John D. Schmaltz

Jesus said, "In my Father's house are many rooms and I go to prepare a place for you. Then I will come back and bring you into My Presence so that you will be where I am." John 14:2-3 "Well done good and faithful servant and enter into the joy of the Lord." Matthew 25 :16 John David Schmaltz, a faithful servant, was brought into Jesus's presence as he took the hand of Jesus and entered the joy of the Lord and his heavenly home on April 9, 2020 after a long and courageous fight (6 years and 1 month) against pancreatic cancer and a soft tissue sarcoma cancer. John was born on Feb 9, 1947 to Rufus and Margery Schmaltz. He attended elementary at Valley View school. He graduated from Logan High School, class of 1965. After graduation in 1966, he enlisted into the U.S. Air Force receiving the rank of Airman First Class after 4 years of military duty. He was stationed at Wurtsmith Base in Michigan, Guam and Beal Air Base in California. He was honorably discharged in April of That summer he met his future wife Dorothy Hall and they wed on June 19, 1971. They were married for 48 1/2 years upon his time of death. They had many adventures of traveling with job promotions to Iowa, Illinois and Minnesota during their early years of marriage. He became a proud father to Scott, Natalie and Mark Schmaltz, which meant many trips to their sports and school events (basketball, football, baseball, track, volleyball, softball, band, choir, theater, hockey and college football games at Winona State). They enjoyed many weekends camping together as a family. He was an avid Brewers, PACKERS , Badgers and Logger fan. His most important fan role was at all of his grandchildren’s sporting, music and extracurricular events. His grandchildren were the center of his world. He was so proud of each one of them and spent his final weeks on earth laughing with them, hugging them, speaking wisdom into them and loving them unconditionally. He was community minded as President of the West Salem Hockey Association for 2 years, a member of the West Salem Lions Club for 35 years, President of the Concordia Aid Society for 6 years. His goals while serving as president helped to make improvements on the inside and outside of the dance hall. Upon retirement, he and Dorothy continued their traveling via RV for three years to Texas, Washington DC, Jackson Hole, Wyoming and finally settled in Tucson, Arizona for the winter months. He became a great crafter of wind chimes made from soda or beer cans and attended many a craft sale. He also earned the nickname "Honest John" as a knowledgeable salesman of used cars at Fechner Motors of West Salem. He was able to check off a bucket list item by buying a motor cycle and cruising in the desert and through coulee roads with friends. He planned many side trips as they came back to Wisconsin each spring (Utah National Parks, Roswell, New Mexico, Route 66, and Graceland). Their final trip together was in August of 2019 when they explored Alaska via rail and cruise ship, checking off a bucket list item for both of them. His family wants to thank all our prayer warriors who have been with us on our cancer journey constantly lifting us up. And to the doctors, surgeons (especially Dr. Schilling in Arizona and Dr.Trudy in Rochester), nurses, and oncologists at Mayo Clinic in Rochester/La Crosse and at St Mary's Hospital that cared for him during surgeries, chemo and radiation treatments. Their wonderful care gave us 6 years and 1 month more of family memories to hold in our hearts. "So do not grieve, the joy of the Lord is the strength of your heart." Nehemiah 8:10 He was preceded in death by his parents Rufus and Margery Schmaltz, his son Mark David Schmaltz, and his brothers Daniel Schmaltz and Carl Schmaltz. He is survived by his wife Dorothy, his son Scott and grandchildren Kennedie, Kieran and Lane of Chatfield, MN. His daughter Natalie Grinsteinner and son-in-law Darin Grinsteinner and grandchildren Mark, Liza and Gabe of Fort Mitchell, KY. His brother Steven (Kerry) his sisters; Mary (Steve Deyo), Barb (Ed Ryan), Jean (John Henderson) and Ruth (Leo Leis). And his wife's brothers and sisters and their spouses and many nieces and nephews from both sides of the family. Funeral services will be conducted and due to the current pandemic will be private. A celebration of John’s life will be held at a later date. Jandt-Fredrickson Funeral Homes and Crematory, Woodruff Chapel, La Crosse is assisting the family in their time of need.