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Michael Douglas Schimmel

Wednesday, July 29, 2020
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Michael Douglas Schimmel, 63, passed away July 26, 2020, after a battle with Glioblastoma Brain Cancer.

He was born Sept. 15, 1956, in Newton, NJ, and passed away in his home in Ruston, LA.

Funeral Services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 29, 2020, at Kilpatrick Funeral Home-Chapel in Ruston. Officiating will be Bro. Olin McLaren. Interment will follow at the Garden of Memories in Jonesboro, LA.

Mike was a hard worker all of his life. Although many considered him meticulous, he was the one they called when they needed something done the right way. He married the love of his life, Sharron, in 1982 and spent his entire adulthood doting on her and reminding her that she was the best thing that ever happened to him.

He was a master electrician and was very skilled in everything he did. He was loyal as well, having worked for 44 years and four months at the paper mill in Hodge, LA. He enjoyed taking his family on vacations and was an avid cruiser, having been on 14 cruises all over the Caribbean.

In 1986 he became a father to his only child, Brittany. He loved videoing her every move and continued to carry pictures of her in his wallet until the day he died. His love language was Acts of Service and could often be found adding and installing lights, plugs, TVs and more for everyone he knew.

He had lots of plans for his upcoming retirement, but instead had to teach his wife of 37 years how to finally drive while taking him back and forth to treatments.

He was an avid gun collector and loved old trucks. He also loved a good old dirty joke and always had one handy for a good laugh.

Ultimately Papa was his favorite title. He loved Emory, Stover, and Millie Michael and, even while sick, always had a spot saved for them in his chair.

He was preceded in death by brother; Vincent Nalley and sister; Patsy Nalley Beck; and Father-In-Law; John Travis Ables.

Mike was survived by his wife Sharron Ables Schimmel; daughter Brittany Schimmel Napper and husband Travis Napper of Little Rock, AR; grandchildren Emory, Stover, and Millie Michael Napper of Little Rock, AR; mother Ruth Nalley of Oldfield, MO; sister Cathy Schimmel Judd and husband Byron Judd of Ruston, LA; sister Laurie Schimmel Greer and husband Kent Greer of Dubach, LA; brother Richie Schimmel and wife Donna Schimmel of Quitman, LA; brother Tim Nalley and wife Kathleen Nalley of Oldfield, MO; sister Sandy Nalley Kinman and husband Marty Kinman of Jonesboro, LA; mother-in-law Laura Ables of Jonesboro; brother-in-law Travis Ables and wife Sherry Ables of Jonesboro, LA; sister-in-law Tina Kelley and husband Rusty Kelley of Jonesboro, LA; sister-in-law Shanda Ables Campbell and husband Jason Campbell of Bossier City, LA; and several nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, and many extended family and friends.

Pallbearers are Travis Napper, Stover Napper, Jason Campbell, Travis Ables, John Ables, Richie Schimmel, Tim Nalley and Rusty Kelley.

Memorial Donations may be made to the Glioblastoma Foundation. Online condolences may be sent to the family at