Funeral services were held Sunday, Jan. 11, 1998 for Fred H. Schmidt, age 86, of Waconia, Minn. He died Friday, Jan. 9, 1998 at Elim Nursing Home in Watertown, Minn.
Fred was born Jan. 18, 1911 in Benton Township, Carver County, Minn., the son of Herman J. and Katherine (Schneewind) Schmidt.
Fred was baptized Feb. 12, 1911, at St. John's Lutheran Church, Norwood Young America by the Rev. August Baumhoefn and confirmed April 5, 1925, at St. John's Lutheran Church, Norwood Young America by the Rev. M. F. Abraham.
On June 30, 1935, he married Helen A. Gatz at Trinity Lutheran Church, Waconia by the Rev. William Schneider.
Fred was preceded in death by parents Herman and Katherine Schmidt, sisters, Anna Parpart and Hulda Leistiko; and brother, Reinhold Schmidt.
He is survived by his wife Helen, sons and daughter-in-law, Ralph Schmidt of Minneapolis, Wayne and Ruth Schmidt of Waconia, Roy Schmidt of Waconia; grandchildren, Kim and Troy Goede, Kristen and Bruce Dunham, Michelle and Tim Justice, Tracy Schmidt, Craig Schmidt; great-grandchildren, Amber, Dustin, Matthew, Danielle and Laten; sister Emma Stender of Norwood Young America; sisters-in-law, Rosella Leistiko of Norwood Young America, Laura Griepentrog of Excelsior; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Fred and Helen farmed while Fred also delivered oil for Standard Oil Co. When they sold their farm, they built a home in Watertown. He worked for Advance Machine until his retirement in 1977. Fred kept busy by cleaning carpets for many years. They moved to Waconia in 1991.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in Mayer, Minn., with the Rev. Peter A. Meier officiating.
Interment was at Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Mayer. Casket bearers were Larry Burandt, Glenard Parpart, Willard Stender, Dale Gatz, Katherine Baumann and Vernon Lindeman.
Arrangements were by Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia.