Melvin Lester Schmidt, age 85, of Annandale, died Monday, Dec. 27, 2010, at the Annandale Care Center.
He was born March 31, 1925, in Albion Township, Wright County, to Hubert and Elsie (Ruge) Schmidt. Melvin was baptized at Albion Evangelical Church, and confirmed at Bethlehem Evangelical Church.
Melvin was united in marriage to Glenice Lenore Johnson Sept. 20, 1947, at Mt. Hermon Lutheran Church. They celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary in September.
Melvin resided on the same farm all his life. He was the fourth generation to farm the Schmidt homestead in Albion Township. In 1980, the Schmidt Farm was recognized as a Minnesota Century Farm.
Melvin and his father, Hubert, were the first Pioneer Seed Corn salesmen in Wright County. In 1996, after selling corn for 50 years, Melvin retired from selling seed; he never retired from farming.
He was a lifelong member of Bethlehem United Church of Christ in Maple Lake.
In his younger years, Melvin enjoyed bowling, playing cards, and fishing with his Grandpa Herman. Baseball and watching the Minnesota Twins were favorite pastimes. Melvin’s greatest enjoyment was spending time with his family and friends.
He is survived by his wife, Glenice; children, Nancy and her husband, Steven Steinleitner of Annandale, Jane and her husband, Joseph Zweber of Eden Prairie, David and his wife, Mary of Annandale, and Lori and her husband, Thomas Fisher of Raleigh, NC; granddaughters Amy Buccek, Kari Palmer, Ann Zweber, Heidi Caputo, Beth Steinleitner, and Kate Fisher; great-grandsons Stone Caputo and Evan Palmer; sister Lorna and her husband, Allison Ittel of Brooklyn Center; and brother Harold and his wife, Nelda Schmidt of Annandale.
The funeral service took place Sunday, Jan. 2 at 2:30 p.m. at Bethlehem United Church of Christ, Maple Lake, with the Rev. Dr. Jeffrey B. Palmer officiating. Music was provided by David Schmidt, Heidi Caputo, Kate Fisher, and Myrna Jude. Burial was set for Monday, Jan. 3 at 10 a.m. in Bethlehem United Church of Christ Cemetery.
Friends called after 1 p.m. Sunday at the church, prior to the funeral service.
Pallbearers were Daniel Ittel, Jeff Schmidt, Jason Buccek, Ryan Palmer, Yago Estrada-Ruiz, and Adam Caputo. Honorary pallbearers were Amy Buccek, Kari Palmer, Ann Zweber, Heidi Caputo, Beth Steinleitner, and Kate Fisher.
Arrangements were entrusted to Dingmann Funeral Care, Maple Lake.
Memorials are preferred to the Bethlehem United Church of Christ Memorial Fund.