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David J. Schemel

Sept. 27, 1951 - Feb. 23, 2007

RENVILLE -- David Joseph Schemel, 55, of Stamford, Conn., formerly of Renville, died Friday in Stamford, following a long battle with heart problems and cancer.

The service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. John's Lutheran Church in Renville. Burial will be at Fairview Cemetery in Renville.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at Dirks-Blem Funeral Home in Renville and for one hour prior to the service at the church on Thursday.

He was born Sept. 27, 1951, in Renville to Gordon and Kathleen (Fischer) Schemel. He graduated from Renville High School in 1969. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1970 and served in the South Pacific until his discharge in 1974. He graduated from Mankato State University in 1977.

He married Kathy Rabah on Sept. 16, 2000, in Nevada. He was the director of internal audit at News Corporation in New York City since 2001.

He is survived by his wife; stepsons: Rodney, Ramze, Ryan; daughter-in-law: Jamie; one granddaughter; his mother of Renville; and his siblings: Patricia (and Paul) Olson of Hinckley, Michael of Minneapolis, Thomas of Honolulu, Hawaii, Steven, and Daniel (and Maria), all of Renville.

He was preceded in death by his father.