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James LeRoy Schleif “Jim” left this world Sunday morning, September 24, 2023.  Attended by family, he died peacefully in his sleep at home as he had always wanted!

Jim was born Sunday, May 4, 1930 to Edward Rudolph and Anna Rosmina.  The youngest of 12 children, he was baptized August 24, 1930, confirmed April 2, 1944, and graduated in 1948 from Buffalo High School.  He was a faithful member of St. John’s Lutheran Church for 81 years.

Jim married Patty Henson July 3, 1952.  The Schleif family resided in Rockford, Silver Creek, St. Michael and Buffalo.  He and Patty spent 23 winters in Apache Junction, Arizona with many friends from Buffalo.  He enjoyed golfing, trapshooting, hunting and fishing.  He loved being surrounded by family and friends.

Jim was blessed with six children:  Vicki, Lauri, Scott, Steven, Jill and Julie.  He had 17 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents and eleven siblings, also his beloved wife Patty, son Scott, and three sons-in-law Jeff Bruhn, Neil Ebeling and Tom Hayes.

Jim is survived by his five children Vicki Ebeling, Lauri Hayes, Steven (Carol) Schleif, Jill (Curt) VanLith and Julie Bruhn.

Services for our dad will be Saturday, September 30 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Buffalo.  Visitation will start at 11:00 AM until 1:50 PM.  The funeral will start at 2:00 PM followed by a luncheon at the church.  Inurnment will take place at a later date.

Memorial donations preferred, dad’s favorites were St. Jude’s, St. John’s Lutheran Church (youth group Alaska Mission Trip) and Noah’s Ark Preschool.

Bright attire requested by Jim for the celebration of his arrival to his heavenly home.

14 Guestbook Entries

  1. Jolie Holland

    Jim was a great man. Heaven will be rejoicing and he’ll be singing with all the Angels!

  2. Helane and Nyles

    We always enjoyed visiting with Jim.
    He had a smile on his face everytime.
    He will be missed until we meet again

  3. Bill and Arlys LaPlant

    He will always be remembered as a very kind and loving person, our deepest sympathy’s.

  4. Darlene H Bechtold

    For my Great Uncle Jim and his wonderful Family. Your Dad was a super human being. He had a memory for names and relatives like no one else that I have ever known. My sympathy to his family. He will be remembered with love of all of his relatives and chocolate chip cookies.

  5. Riti Sanderson

    My sincere sympathy to the family. Our long time neighbor will be missed. Rest in peace Jim!!
    Riti Sanderson

  6. Lori and Bruce Quady

    So sorry to hear of your dad’s passing .He always had the most wonderful smile on his face . May all your beautiful memories give you peace.

  7. Dave Ahlm

    Thoughts and sympathy to the family, Jim was a wonderful and good man.

  8. jeff mattson

    My condolences to the family. Jim was definitely a stand up kind of a guy. He will be missed.
    Rest in peace Jim

  9. Sandi and Jerry Robasse. Jerry Beastrom

    Our sympathies to the Schlief family. There sure are alot of folks to greet him as he arrives in Heaven

  10. Doug and Paula Paumen

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the Schleif family through this difficult time.

  11. Del Haag

    A “good guy” that will be missed, Cherish the memories !

  12. Rick&Kathy Henson

    Our thoughts to all our wonderful cousins. Your dad was such a neat person to talk to. He knew so many stories to share with all of us. Such a fun and gentle person. We hope your many memories will help all of you at this difficult time. May God watch over you all. Love you , Rick&Kathy Henson

  13. Wayne Block

    I watched the funeral on-line. Good service for a very good man. Best person I ever worked for!! Rest in Peace!

  14. Hank and Linda Van Erp

    Jim was such a great guy, he always had time to visit and always had a great smile. RIP Jim you’ll be missed.


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