In Memory of Paul Schmitz

January 5, 1961 - July 16, 2019

Paul “Stan” Schmitz, age 58, of Barron, died Tuesday, July 16, 2019, unexpectedly at his home.

Paul was born January 5, 1961, to Larry and Marian (Mickelson) Schmitz in Barron.  He attended Barron High School.  On November 14, 1981, he married the love of his life, Lori Picknell.  Together, they raised two daughters, Gina and Tracy.  He was the best Papa to his grandchildren Eliana, Ariana, Ian, and Anaya, they brought so much joy to his life.

He worked at Koser’s Iron Works prior to starting his career at Jennie-O Turkey Store where he worked as a maintenance supervisor for many years.  He battled some health issues, but on April 23, 2014, was blessed with a new kidney and a new lease on life by his special angel, Judy Wirth. 

He loved playing in his woods and could often be found down there baiting bear, mowing paths, checking his game cams, or simply taking rides. He enjoyed 4-wheeling, riding his Harley, camping, sitting by the fire, playing with the grandkids, and spending time at Lake Superior hunting for agates and watching sunsets.  He will be remembered for his smile and fun-loving spirit.

He is survived by his wife, Lori; daughters, Gina (Harvey) Sookiayak and Tracy (Tom) Rudolf, both of Rice Lake; grandchildren, Eliana, Ariana, Ian, Anaya, Kayla, and Paige; mother, Marian (Dick McClay) Schmitz of Barron; sister, Sue (Brian Heup) Schmitz of Barron; brother, Kevin (Kim Hanson) Schmitz of Barron, and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his father, Larry and brother, Jeff.

Funeral services for Paul “Stan” Schmitz will be Friday, July 19, 2019 at 11:00 at First Lutheran Church in Barron with Rev. Ron Mathews officiating.  Visitation will be from 4:00 until 7:00 P.M. Thursday, July 18, 2019 at Rausch and Steel Funeral Home in Barron and one hour prior to the service on Friday morning at the church.  Interment will be at Wayside Cemetery in Barron at a later date.

Arrangements are being handled by Rausch and Steel Funeral Home in Barron. 

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