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Eugene Robert Schmidt

Eugene Robert Schmidt, age 77, of Howard Lake, died Thursday, Aug. 21 at his home in Howard Lake. He had reached the age of 77 years, 4 months and 22 days.

Eugene was born March 30, 1926 at Minneapolis, Minnesota to Roy and Ruth (Benson) Schmidt. He grew up in South Minneapolis and attended South High School. He worked with his father in the coal and ice business.

On July 13, 1943 he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. He was stationed in the Pacific and participated in the liberation of the Philippine Islands as a field telephone lineman.

After the service Eugene returned home to Minneapolis and attended school for refrigeration, business management, and law. He became general sales manager at TRW Cinch, retiring from there in 1985.

Eugene married Jean Spano Oct. 20, 1972 at the Little Brown Church in the Valley at Nashua, Iowa. In 1978 they moved to Howard Lake, where they purchased Timbers Resort, which they owned and operated until 1990.

Eugene was a life member of Disabled American Veterans and vice commander of the American Legion Post 145 of Howard Lake. He was an avid wood worker, very active in local politics, and enjoyed leisure time.

Eugene was preceded in death by his parents, and son Walace (Skip) Schmidt, a Viet Nam Veteran and Silver Star Recipient.

He is survived by wife Jean, children Colleen Page, Diane (Mark) Finnemann, Jacquie (Bill) Krismer, Shannon (David) Monahan, Gary (Connie) Schmidt and Christopher (Lori) Schmidt.

Eugene is further survived by brother Del (Beverly) Schmidt, sister Ruth Ann (Bud) Hanson, sister-in-law Ruth Helen Schmidt, 13 grandchildren, three great grandchildren, many nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends.

Visitation was Sunday, Aug. 24 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Howard Lake, with prayer service at 7:30 p.m.

Memorial service for Eugene Schmidt was Monday, Aug. 25 at 11 a.m. at Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home.

Inurnment will be at Fort Snelling National Cemetery at a later date.

Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home of Cokato and Howard Lake served the family.

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