James (Jim) Bruce Schaub
March 31, 2021
James (Jim) Bruce Schaub, age 60, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, March 27th at home in Lodi, WI. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend.
Jim was born on March 22nd, 1961, the youngest child of Lawrence (Larry) and Joyce Schaub. He grew up on the family farm on St. Mary's ridge, Cashton (a "ridgie") with family and faith as his pillars. He was a proud Cashton Eagle graduate and a member of the class of 1979. Jim had a love of sports and the outdoors, a desire to help others, and positivity about life.
On September 19, 1981 he married his soulmate and the love of his life, Kay Hauser. Throughout their lives they were inseparable, had great respect for each other and the love they shared, and took joy in just spending time together. They had four sons and raised them in Marshall, WI. Jim was a faithful man and he, Kay, and the kids were members of Sacred Heart Parish in Marshall for many years. He was a strong patriarch of his family, a good friend to all, and a man who would give his shirt for a friend.
Jim had a strong work ethic and spent his career in the commercial refrigeration business, the last 30 years as an Operations Manager at Certified Refrigeration and Mechanical in Madison. He was a good father and provider, and he made sure his family had all they needed. Everything he did was for Kay and "the boys".
To know Jim was to know that he enjoyed most the simple things in life: sitting by the fireplace with Kay in the morning having a cup of coffee (or a Manhattan or two in the evening), spending time with his brother Jeff at the farm, hugging his grandkids, spending a day on the pontoon, campfires, working on projects in his garage, keeping his yard immaculate, a good glass of whiskey, visiting with friends, going for a cycle ride with his "road brothers", hunting with his boys, or taking fishing trips to Canada. Jim was a fixer of anything, he always had to be busy, and was an ear to bend if you needed advice (or a swift "kick in the pants" as his boys would say). It must be acknowledged that he was not a good dancer, had a crush on one of the lead singers for Little Big Town, and made "the best cheeseburgers ever".
This was to be a big year in Jim's life. Two weeks ago he gathered his family together to celebrate turning 60. Having Kay, his boys, their spouses (whom he thought of as his daughters), and his grandkids together made him the happiest man on earth. He treasured them all as much as any man has ever loved his family. And, in September, he and Kay were to mark 40 years of blessed marriage. Jim would have been so sorry to leave his family behind but will watch over them as he's always done and is surely at peace knowing he will never have to live a day on this earth without them. He was one of the good guys, one of the best God ever made.
Jim is survived by the love of his life, Kay; four children, Jacob (Lindsey) Schaub of Lake Mills, Chad (Andrea) Schaub and Alex (Nicole) Schaub both of Evansville, and Christopher who resides in Madison. Jim is also survived by, his brother Jeff of West Salem and his sister Diane (Douglas) Thweatt of Martin, Tennessee. Finally, he leaves behind his beloved grandchildren Isla, Fitz, and Elliotte, extended family and many, many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Larry and Joyce Schaub.
A visitation and remembrance service will be held Thursday, April 1st at Torkelson Funeral Home, Cashton, WI. Friends may call between 11am-1pm, with a brief service to follow at the Funeral Home.
The family requests that memorials be given in Jim's name toward the Cashton Scholarship Foundation, Inc. or a charity of choice.
Online condolences may be offered at http://www.torkelsonfuneralhome.com.