James Walter “Jimmy Schutten

James Walter “Jimmy” Schutten passed away peacefully in his sleep on Sept. 18, 2021.  He was born on July 29, 1942, the youngest of three boys, and grew up in Denver.  He graduated from Sheridan High School in 1961 and in 1964 joined the Navy.  He spent a year in Viet Nam building runways for American planes, many times while under enemy fire.  Jimmy often said “When your country needs you and asks you to go, you go.  So I went.  I love my country.  I salute every American flag I see.”  Jimmy left the Navy in 1969 and joined the Iron Horseman Bikers Club, looking for fun and adventure, like many of the returning veterans.  In 1976, Jimmy moved to Bailey and bought his forever home.

Among the many events and projects for which Jimmy organized, inspired and volunteered was the “Red, White and Bailey” project and effort to get the dowtown businesses to fly the American flag.  He donated 15 flags, poles and lights and the plaque on a large rock at the base of the flagpole at the Bailey Community Center, dedicated to the veterans and first responders of Park County.

He was authentic, could converse intelligently on almost any subject, was always willing to give a helping hand, and was an unapologetic partriot and proud Viet Nam Veteran.  His passing leaves a great hole in our community.

His ashes will be buried at Horn Cemetery with a Military Honor Guard at 12:00 noon on Oct. 17th  It will be followed by a memorial service and pot luck, the location to be announced as soon as plans are finalized.  All are welcome and a large turnout is expected because it is Jimmy Schutten.