Jim Schad Passes

James Alan Schad known to all as Jim met Jesus face-to-face on April 26, 2021, after complications from surgery. First and foremost, Jim accepted God’s will through it all.

Jim is preceded in death by his parents, Edward Schad and Lillian Nagy Schad. He is survived by his wife, Sheila Schad, children Cory (Sarah), Erin (Heather), Brandon (Angelica) and Lindsey “Meredith”(Mike). Jim has ten grandchildren left to cherish him - Phoenix, Jaden, Jace, Jarron, Olivia, Abigail, Victoria, Odin, Keegan and Baker; one brother Larry (Rick) and a host of friends.

Jim was born and raised in Butler, PA. He attended Penn State University with a degree in geology. He later obtained an MBA from ETSU. Jim worked in coal industry management his entire career until retirement in 2016.
Upon retirement, Jim enjoyed life to the fullest. Travels took Jim and Sheila to Scotland, Aruba, St. Thomas, Florida, but his most touching travel was to Israel with Grace Life Church. Here, Jim visited the empty tomb, walked the roads walked by Jesus and was baptized in the Jordan River. Jim’s faith in God was unmeasurable on this earth.

Jim loved to trap shoot and this too took him to many places where he met new friends. Jim loved a good friendly game of poker. Both of these brought smiles and laughter to his life. Above all Jim would tell anyone stories of his love for God, his family and his grandchildren.

Jim will be missed by many family and friends. The family extends their sincere gratitude to CAMC Memorial medical team for the greatest of care and being faithful with his family and to all who prayed with and for him. Although Jim’s race on earth ended way before we wanted it to, God knew what was best for him and with that those left to cherish Jim know we will see him again. Jim would say “To God be the Glory.” On Jim’s hospital window this verse was placed “I will not die, instead I will live to tell what the Lord has done.” This will be carried out during his celebration of life.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, May 2 at 2 p.m. at Chapman Funeral Home, Hurricane. Ministers Jamie Wright, Lisa Wright and Debby Meadows will officiate. Entombment will follow at Valley View Memorial Park Mausoleum, Hurricane. Visitation will be held on Saturday, May 1 between 6-8 p.m. The family welcomes all to a reception in honor of Jim at Pam’s Valley Cakes and Café following the graveside services. You may also visit his Tribute page at ChapmanFuneralHomes.com to share memories and offer condolences to the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to West Virginia ATA Jim Schad Memorial Fund, c/o Bob Harden, 303 Shepherd Avenue, Charleston, WV 25303.

Chapman Funeral Home, family-owned and located at 3941 Teays Valley Road, Hurricane is honored to serve the Schad family.




Jim Schad passed away unexpectedly Monday night of complications after surgery, he was 68. Jim was an essential fixture around the WV trapshooting community not only competing but working the shoot as well. Most commonly on the Classification table, Jim was the first stop in signing up to shoot, when classification was slow he would help squad as well.

Jim first started shooting clay targets when he was a teen in Pennsylvania. After moving to WV, he picked it up again in 1999 registering a total of 49,725 Singles, 37,600 Handicap and 32,950 Doubles ATA targets, he was a life member of the ATA.

Jim won, among many other trophies, the 2015 WV State Sub Veteran Singles Championship after a shoot-off with four other shooters all who were in higher classes. Unfazed at being the underdog, Jim was the only one to run 25 and was the victor after just one round of shooting with no less than three AA shooters.

Jim was the Sportsman Gun Club Director to the WVATA  from 2004 -2009, the WVATA Secretary from 2010 – 2018, manning the shooter classification table at the WV Hall of Fame Shoot and the WV State Shoot for more than a decade. Jim was instrumental in getting the Point Pleasant Gun Club shooting registered targets again, including securing a new Pat trap machine, modifying and painting the trap houses, rebuilding the existing Pat trap, running the shoots, scoring, loading the traps, preparing the reports, cutting grass, etc. whatever it took so shooters had another place in WV to register ATA targets.

Jim made the WV All State Team several times including 2017,2018, 2019 and 2021. He competed in several states, Ohio, North Carolina, Kentucky, Virginia, Pennsylvania including several trips to the World Trapshooting Championships in Sparta, Illinois where he broke his first 100 straight, he went on to break two more at the Buckeye Open held at the Cardinal Center in Ohio.

On a personal note Jim and I enjoyed many a sushi and sashimi dinner, what Sprout calls bait, and would go to dinner every night we were at a shoot and away from home. He worked tirelessly to revive Point Pleasant Gun Club, which through his involvement hosts a half a dozen registered ATA shoots, weekly practice, registered leagues and now is the home practice field for a group of youth shooters from across the river.


Jim’s first time at the Grand American he breaks a 96 in Handicap which put him into a shoot off for Veteran Runnerup. There’s a lot of waiting time for a shoot off.

 Jim breaking targets in the shoot off at the World Trapshooting Championships.

Jim was just at home at the Greenbrier as he was on the Trap Range. He will certainly be missed!