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Schmitt, Fidelis1930-2010


Posted By: M. Durr - IAGenWeb volunteer
Date: 4/30/2010 at 11:42:18

Fidelis Schmitt, age 80, of Ossian passed away Thursday, April 8, 2010 at the Ossian Senior Hospice in Ossian, where he was a resident for three weeks. Mass of Christian Burial was held at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Ossian Monday, April 12. Officiating Clergy were Msgr. Cletus J. Hawes and Rev. David M. Beckman. Interment was in St. Francis de Sales Cemetery, and Military Rites were conducted by the American Legion Brockman-Hammersland Post #503. Casket bearers were Cody Schmitt, Dylan Schmitt, Evan Lutkenhaus, Steven Landa, Reggie Rea, Adam Landa and Alea Lutkenhaus.
Fidelis Schmitt was born on a farm south of Fort Atkinson February 21, 1930, the son of Ben and Ida (Hageman) Schmitt. He received his education at St. John’s School in Fort Atkinson. He was baptized and confirmed in his faith at St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church in Fort Atkinson.
He farmed with his father until he was drafted into the Army and inducted July 25, 1951 at Des Moines. He took 16 weeks of basic training at Camp Chaffee, AR and left December 19, 1951 from Camp Stoneman, CA for Yokoma, Japan aboard the General USS Wm. Black. December 28, 1951 he left for Eta Jima to Signal School for four weeks of Signal Core Training. February 18, 1952 he went to Pusan, Korea, where he was assigned to X Core 4th Signal. He spent 16 months in Korea.
March 1953 he was promoted to Sergeant. He left Inchan, Korea on the US Breckenridge arriving at Ft. Lewis, WA, and received his honorable discharge from the Army at Camp Carson, CO, in July 1953. While in the service he earned the Korean Service Medal with three Campaign Stars, a Bronze Medal, United Nations Service Medal, and the Meritorious Unit Commendation. July 11, 2001 was presented the Korean Medallion of Appreciation at Marshalltown. After his return home, he worked for Cy Barta field tiling at Fort Atkinson and also raised turkeys for Bucheit Produce in Calmar.
June 3, 1954 he was united in marriage to Pearl Timp at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church by Fr. Ed Frost. They celebrated their 50th Anniversary June 6, 2004. After their marriage they made their home in Ossian. They became parents of three children, one son, Daniel, and twin daughters, Carol Mary and Connie Ann.
He worked for Union Produce Co-op in Ossian for 33 years, from 1962 to 1995, running a mill truck and later operating the feed mill corn dryer. Fidelis worked at Matters Ballroom in Decorah as Security for 33 years, and also for Turkey Valley School as security, parking cars at football games for several years. After his retirement from Union Produce, he worked his summer for the county weighing rock.
He also had a hobby restoring old tractors - especially John Deeres, which was his pride and joy, and going on tractor rides and giving his grandchildren tractor rides, too. He loved to go to his grandchildren’s baseball and football games and their school events. Fidelis was on the Castalia Tractor Committee and a member of the River and Bluff Tractor Club.
He was a past member of the Ossian Fire Department, and at 18 years of age joined the Catholic Order of Foresters in Fort Atkinson, receiving his 50-year pin. He was also a member of the American Legion Post 503, the St. Francis Catholic Church and Rosary Society, and he received his high school diploma Memorial Day 2007.
Fidelis is survived by his wife, Pearl, of Ossian; one son, Daniel (Brenda) Schmitt of Waukon; twin daughter, Carol (Brian) Lutkenhaus of Decorah; twin daughter, Connie (Dennis) Landa of Little Turkey; grandchildren, Cody and Dylan Schmitt of Waukon, Steven Landa of Little Turkey, and Evan and Alea Lutkenhaus of Decorah; five step-grandchildren, Reggie (Cheryl) Rea of Brooklyn, Robin (Keith) Franzen of Riceville, Jeremy (Nina) Landa of Lincoln, NE, Adam (Kelly) Landa of Decorah, and Jason (Michelle) Landa of Des Moines; six step-great-grandchildren, Gage, Zane, and Cooper Winter of Brooklyn, Evelett Landa of Lincoln, NE, Alex Franzen of Riceville, and Nathan Rea of Monona; two sisters, Serena Timp of Ossian and Darlene Bruess of West Union; four brothers, Wilbert Schmitt of Millville, LaVern (Janice) Schmitt of Cresco, Donald (Gloria) Schmitt of Fort Atkinson, and Lawrence (Dorothy) Schmitt of Riceville; brothers-in-law Dennis Timp of Ossian and Dale Safarik of Thomson, GA; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his father, Ben Schmitt, June 17, 1954; his mother, Ida (Hageman) Schmitt, November 24, 1988; two brothers-in-law, Dwayne Bruess, March 15, 1976, and Adrian Timp, May 1980; a sister-in-law, LaDonna “Toots” (Timp) Safarik, October 11, 1996; his father-in-law, Andrew Timp, June 28, 1974; and his mother-in-law, Frances Timp, October 11, 1989.

Waukon, Iowa newspaper, THE STANDARD, April 14, 2010
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