Putnam County Farmers Union President James J. Schnipke died Friday at St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima.
Mr. Schnipke was a former member of the Ohio Farmers Union Executive Committee and a lifetime member of the Ohio Farmers Union.
He was born May 21, 1937, in Ottawa to Edward and Alma Wittler Schnipke. On Aug. 29, 1961, he married Dorothy Schroeder, who survives in Ottawa.
Mr. Schnipke was the co-owner of Schnipke Inn, Ottawa, along with his wife. He was a lifelong farmer. He was an Army veteran of the Korean War. He was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church, New Cleveland. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Knights of Columbus Fr. Warnimont Assembly, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, and Fraternal Order of Eagles, all in Ottawa, the Indian Lake Loyal Order of Moose, Leipsic Rod & Gun, Glandorf Rod & Gun, Ottawa Chamber, Ottawa Lion’s Club, and the Ohio Farm Bureau. He was also president of Putnam County Farmers Union.
Survivors also include three children, Margaret (Darrell Combs) Schnipke, Patricia Schnipke and Douglas Schnipke, all of Ottawa; six grandchildren, Stacey Schnipke, Candice (Dan) Kaiser, Martin Schnipke, Alysse Schnipke, Larisa Schnipke and Leah Schnipke; three great-grandchildren, Robert, Victoria, and Zachary Kaiser; four sisters, Rosemary (Ray) Powell, of Ottawa, Kathern (Bob) Duling, of Glandorf, Judy (Harold) Gerten, of Columbus Grove, and Anna (Tim) Recker, of Ottawa; six brothers, Edward (Mary Agnes) Schnipke Jr., of Ottawa, Frederick (Jane) Schnipke and Harold (Sandy) Schnipke, both of Miller City, William (Bonnie) Schnipke and Louis (Lisa) Schnipke, both of Ottawa, and Thomas (Donna) Schnipke, of Kalida; and a sister-in-law, Janet (Ron) Brown, of Miller City.
He was preceded in death by a son, Ronald Schnipke; a brother, Frank Schnipke; and a grandson, Aaron Schnipke.