Funeral services will be held on Thursday, March 20th at 1 p.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Farmington, with the Rev. Richard Pagels officiating. Burial, with Military Graveside Honors, will be at Glenview Memorial Gardens in Ixonia.
The visitation will be at the church on Thursday from 11 a.m. until the time of the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the church or to the Johnson Creek American Legion Post #305.
Reuben was born in Watertown on April 18, 1930, son of William and Adella (Ohrmundt) Schmitz.
He served in the US Navy on the USS Manchester as a Boiler Operator from 1948 – 1953 and the Navy Reserves from 1953 – 1957. On June 22, 1957, he married Alice E. Lemke at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Fort Atkinson. Reuben had been employed at Seamen Andwell in Ixonia and at Waukesha Motors from June 6, 1967 to March 31, 1995.
He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Farmington, the Watertown VFW Post 3709 and the Johnson Creek American Legion Post #223, where he was a former Commander.
Reuben’s favorite past time was watching All Star Wrestling.
Survivors include his children, a daughter, Elizabeth (Brian) Elliott of Watertown; two sons, Rev. Reuben (Nancy) Schmitz of Farmington; David (Beth) Schmitz of Fort Atkinson; six grandchildren, Reuben III, Benjamin (Emily), Joshua, Rebekah, Mikala & Austin Schmitz; a great-grandson, Samuel Schmitz; two brothers, Herbert Schmitz of Jefferson; William Schmitz of Harshaw; a sister-in-law Helen Jaeger of Eden, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Alice on March 12, 2006; four brothers and four sisters.
Hafemeister Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Watertown is serving the family. Online condolences may be made at www.hafemeisterfh.com.