Julius David Schmeekle
- Date Of Birth: March 23, 1931
- Date Of Death: September 29, 2016
- State: Montana
Julius “Jay” Schmeeckle, 85, went to be with the Lord on September 29, 2016 in Kalispell from an unexpected heart complication. Julius was born in Stoneham, Colorado on March 23, 1931 and raised on a farm with three brothers and one sister.
Jay was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army in 1954 attaining the rank of Sergeant First Class. He earned the Korean Service Medal with two Bronze Service Stars, United Nations Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, and Good Conduct Medal. Upon returning home after duty, Jay married Rita Lively and raised three children. He became a Master Plumber, and it was his life’s work until retirement. Jay was a multi-talented man and was an archaeologist acquiring a wonderful collection of early man. He made toy cars out of metal to scale, could paint pictures, and he loved auctions and garage sales.
Jay was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and one sister and his beautiful daughter, Julie.
In the late seventies, Jay moved to Kalispell and built a mobile home court and storage facility. He met and married Beverly (Jensen) Soderstrom in 1983. He is survived by his wife, Beverly, at the family home in Kalispell, two sons, David Schmeeckle of Kalispell and Darin Schmeeckle of Conifer, Colorado. Also surviving Jay are four step children: Sheryl Soderstrom of Sanders, AZ, Karen Jam of Sun City West, AZ, Bill Soderstrom, Jr. of Kalispell, and LeAnn Meadows of Kalispell, many nieces and nephews living in Colorado and cousins in Kalispell and Bigfork.