Robert Omer Schiller, 91, of St. James, died Monday, July 10, 2017 at the Prairie Senior Cottages in New Ulm.
Robert Omer Schiller, 91, of St. James, died Monday, July 10, 2017 at the Prairie Senior Cottages in New Ulm. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, July 18 at First Lutheran Church in St. James with Rev. Maggie Cumings and Rev. Bob Stover officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Hope Cemetery in St. James with military honors provided by the St. James and Butterfield Veterans Honor Guard. Visitation will be at Sturm Funeral Home in St. James on Monday from 5 to 7 p.m. and one hour before services at the church on Tuesday. You may send the family condolences online at www.sturmfh.com.
Robert was born Oct. 23, 1925 near St. James to Herman and Hannah (Hugget) Schiller. He grew up in the St. James and Ormsby areas where he attended grade school. Bob served in the US Army from 1944 to 1946 and served in the European Theater. He worked for 10 years for W.E. Thomas Lumber Company in Ormsby and then as a custodian for the St. James School District, 13 years at Ormsby Elementary School and 14 years at St. James High School, retiring in 1987. Robert married Audrey Meyer at the Baptist Church in Truman on May 15, 1955. The couple lived in Ormsby from 1955 to 1980, where they were members of Grace Lutheran Church. He was on the City Council and served as a Volunteer Fireman on the Ormsby Fire Dept. for several years. In 1980, they moved to St. James and became members of First Lutheran Church. Robert was a lifetime member of the Butterfield VFW Post 9607, St. James American Legion Post 33 and served on the Honor Guard. Robert's hobbies included gardening, cooking and playing solitaire.
Robert is survived by his wife, Audrey Schiller of St. James; three sons: Scott (Julie) Schiller of St. James, Terry (Linda) Schiller of Lakeville, and Bradley (Lori) Schiller of Savage; nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Shirley (Nazario) Cantu of Austin, Tex.; and other relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents; six brothers; two sisters and two brothers-in-law.