SCHMIDT, William R. 1920-1979
SCHMIDT, KALKWARF, SMIT
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Date: 5/18/2019 at 14:18:28
Wm. R. Schmidt, 58, Died Tuesday
William R. Schmidt, 58, of Grundy Center, died Tuesday morning, January 30, at 6:24 in the Grundy County Memorial Hospital following a lingering illness.
Funeral services will be held Friday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. in the Colfax Center Presbyterian Church.
He is survived by his wife, Vernice, one daughter, Colleen of Orange City, one brother, Richard of Iowa City, four sisters, Mrs. Don (Louise) Ross of Wellsburg, Mrs. Floyd (Betty) Senning of Evansville, Ind., Mrs. Guy (Nadine) Railsback of Whittier, Calif. and Mrs. Ken (Elaine) Lindaman of Hubbard.
A memorial fund has been established.
The Engelkes-Abels Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 1 February 1979, pg 3
Colfax Church Services For Wm. R. Schmidt
Funeral services for William R. Schmidt, 58, who died January 30, 1979 at the Grundy County Memorial Hospital, were held Friday at 1:30 p.m. in the Colfax Center Presbyterian Church, rural Holland.
Rev. Jerry VanCurler officiated, assisted by Rev. E. H. Buschman. Mrs. Tom Simms sang "In Times Like These" and "Home Sweet Home". She was accompanied by Mrs. Raymond Hinders, who also played selected prelude and postlude numbers.
Honorary pallbearers were Verne Eberline, Jake Heeren, Dennis Hook, Vernon Kruger, George Schmidt and Charles Thoren. Acting pallbearers were Greg Lindaman, Todd Lindaman, Craig Railsback, Bill Ross, Ronald Ross and Paul Smit. Ushers were Harm G. Hook, Milf Meyer, and Harry Ascher. Mrs. Bernard Venenga and Mrs. Darrell Venenga were floral attendants. Interment was in Rose Hill cemetery, Grundy Center. Relatives and friends returned to the church following the committal service for fellowship and lunch.
Cars for the family were provided by Bernard Venenga, Lloyd Dreesman, Darrell Venenga, Henry Siefken, Ray VanHauen, George Sharp and John Stilwell.
He was born May 6, 1920 at Stout, Iowa, the son of Richard and Vina Kalkwarf Schmidt. The family lived at Stout until William was four years old. They then moved to the Wellsburg area where he attended school. He served in the Marine Corps during World War II, spending three years in the Pacific.
On July 10, 1953 he was united in marriage to Vernice Smit at the Wellsburg Reformed Church. They lived in Wellsburg until 1963, then moved to Vinton. In 1966 the Schmidt's moved to Grundy Center. He was a carpenter a few years and then was in sales work for the rest of this life. For the past nine years he had been a feed salesman for the International Supply Company in Eldora. Bill was a member of the Colfax Center Presbyterian Church, served as elder, and was a past member and deacon in the Wellsburg Reformed Church, and a former member of the Wellsburg City Council and Wellsburg Amvets.
He had been hospitalized since November 3, 1978, spending five weeks in the University hospital at Iowa City, seven weeks and five days in the Grundy County Memorial Hospital.
Survivors are his wife, Vernice; one daughter, Colleen, college student at Orange City; one brother, Richard K. Schmidt of Iowa City; four sisters, Mrs. Don (Louise) Ross of Wellsburg, Mrs. Floyd (Betty) Senning of Evansville, Ind.; Mrs. Guy (Nadine) Railsback of Whittier, Calif., and Mrs. Ken (Elaine) Lindaman of Hubbard. He was preceded in death by his parents and one nephew, Timothy William Schmidt.
A memorial fund has been established. Arrangements were made by the Engelkes-Abels Funeral Home.
--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 8 February 1979, pg 5
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