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Schmidt, Donald Francis (1945 - 2021)


Posted By: Denise Wurner (email)
Date: 4/22/2021 at 18:31:44

Name of deceased: Donald Francis Schmidt

Aged: 75 yrs, 4 mo, 4 days

Residence: Gillette, WY

Born: Oct. 1, 1945; Seneca, Nemaha County, KS

Died: Feb. 5, 2021; Gillette, Campbell County, WY

Funeral services: Private family services: Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021; Gillette Memorial Chapel, Gillette, WY

Survived by: Wife, Kathleen Schmidt of Gillette, WY; son, Dustin Schmidt of Gillette, WY; daughter, Nickole (spouse, Chadwick) Schickel of Tucson, AZ; stepdaughter, Hayley (spouse, Steve) Dorris of Medford, OR; grandchildren, Keldon and Sydnee Schmidt, Maddison, Logynn, and Bayli Schickel, and Gavin and Dakota Patterson; great-grandson, Emmitt Kingsbury; siblings, Gene Schmidt of Harlan, IA, Janiece (spouse, Tom) Rau of Shelby, IA and Larry (spouse, Marilyn) Schmidt of Blaine, MN; other family members and friends

Predeceased by: Parents, Laurence and Nell Schmidt; sister-in-law, Betty Schmidt; nephew, Steven Schmidt

Education: Graduated Harlan High School, Harlan, IA, Class of 1963

Religious affiliation: no information provided

Military service: Enlisted in the U. S. Air Force in 1966 where he was in communications. While he was stationed at Elmendorf AFB in Anchorage, AK, he earned his pilotís license.

Marriage: Kathleen (maiden name not provided); date and location not provided

Employment: After high school, Donald was employed by for the Harlan Newspaper; after his military duty, he moved to Gillette, WY in 1971 and soon became part owner of the News Record. He went on to open the Schmidt Shoe Store and was also a realtor, journalist, and photographer.

Hobbies/Interests: Loved the outdoors and nature; enjoyed golf; flying his airplanes; photography

Sources: harlanonline.com; gillettememorialchapel.com


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