Ottumwa business icon passes away

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A well know business icon in Ottumwa has died.  87 year old Jim Schwartz died Saturday.

Schwartz and along with his family purchased the Hotel Ottumwa many years ago and turned it into a well know hotel and restaurant.  The family also established an insurance agency in Ottumwa.

Schwartz was very active in the community belonging to a number of organizations.  He was one of the first recipients to receive the Gene Schultz community service award.

A funeral mass for Schwartz will be held Thursday morning at 11:00 a.m. at St. Marys of the Visitation Church.

The family has announced the Second Street Cafe located in the hotel will be closed  Thursday morning from 10:30 until 1:00 p.m. to allow employees to attend the  funeral.