Maynard Richard Schmidt

Maynard Richard Schmidt, age 65 of Delano, Minn., died Saturday, Feb. 14, 1998 at his home in Watertown Township, Minnesota

Maynard was born on July 23, 1932 at the home of his parents, Edward and Clara (Biegler) Schmidt in Hollywood, Minn., Carver County. He was baptized on Sept. 18, 1932 at Evangelical Lutheran Church, Greenfield, in Rockford, Minn. by Rev. H.C. Nitz.

He attended a small district school in Hollywood, Minn. until he became ill with polio and was a patient at the Sister Kenny Hospital for about four months. The family then moved to a farm east of Watertown, Minn. where he continued his education at St. Peter's Lutheran School. He was confirmed there on March 30, 1947 by the Rev. John Spomer.

Maynard attended Watertown High School for a short time but left because his family needed him to work at home. He farmed with his father until he was called for duty into the U.S. Army from 1953-1955 and he served in the Korean War.

After his duty of service, he returned to Watertown to work for J.R. Clark and he met his future wife, Caroline Irma Klaustermeier. He received a job offer from a building construction company and built many area churches, schools, and the Ridgeview Medical Center.

On August 30, 1958, Maynard and Caroline were united in holy matrimony at Zion Lutheran Church, Cologne, Minn. by the Rev. John E. Melchert. This marriage was blessed with three sons, Lyle, Daryl, and Eugene, and one daughter, Margie.

Maynard lived all of his married life on a small farm east of Watertown, Minn. He loved to fish, take his family on camping trips, and dance the night away with his lovely wife.

He continued to work for the construction company for almost 30 years until he was severely injured in a building construction accident on June 1, 1989. After a long recuperation period, Maynard went to work at a golf course near his home. He worked there until his health gradually began to fail.

Maynard is survived by his wife, Caroline, three sons: Lyle and daughter-in-law Lisa of Dayton, Daryl of Delano, and Eugene and daughter-in-law Jacqueline, Chaska; his daughter, Margie and son-in-law Rob Wilkening, Watertown; grandchildren, Ashley and Meagan Schmidt, Cassandra, Christopher, and Carissa Wilkening.

He is further survived by four brothers: Erven and wife Vernetta, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Harvey and wife Joanne, Eden Prairie, Minn.; Arne and wife Beverly, Harris, Minn.; and Elmer and wife Dorothy, Watertown; two sisters, Elvera and husband Gordon Lockwood of Hackensack, Minn.; and Diane and husband Gerald Spagenski of Waconia, Minn.; brother-in-law Vernon and wife Anne Klaustermeier, Clear Lake, Wisc.; sisters-in-law Darleen Hardel, Richfield; Sylvia and husband Leroy Bunke, Hutchinson; Linda Byron, Minneapolis; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Feb. 17 at 11 a.m. at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Watertown, with the Reverends Edwin Narr and Jeff Harter officiating.

Casketbearers were Ryan Schmidt, Jeff Schmidt, Tom Schmidt, Ronald Schmidt, Rodney Spagenski, Kevin Bunke, Brian Hardel, Wallace Klaustermeier, and David Lockwood. Interment was at the Watertown Cemetery.

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