A funeral service for Andrew F. “Andy” Schmidt, 91, was held at 10:00 A.M. Friday, January 11, 2013, at the Zion Lutheran Church in Douglas, Wyoming, with Reverend Paul M. Rosburg officiating. Interment was at the Douglas Park Cemetery.
Andy died Monday, January 7, 2013, at the Douglas Care Center in Douglas, Wyoming, of natural causes.
Andy was born December 3, 1921, at his Uncle & Aunt’s home near Cutmeat, South Dakota, to Walter F. & Sophia M. (Heinert) Schmidt. Andy was very sick when he was a baby, so he was baptized at his Uncle Peter Mohls’ home on December 4, 1921.
Andy was raised on the family homestead and attended rural school through the eighth grade. He was confirmed on May 31, 1936, at the Saint John Lutheran Church in Norris, South Dakota, and remained a member of the Lutheran Church all of his life. He helped his parents on their farm until he got married.
Andy was united in marriage to Leona Sarah Deutsch on April 8, 1945, at the Saint John Lutheran Church in Norris. To this union were born seven children Sharon, Arvin, Glenda, Shirley, Marjorie, Loretta, and Lori.
After they were married they farmed and ranched near Norris. In November 1954, they moved to Valentine, Nebraska, and Andy went to work for Allen Ward Plumbing. Andy’s heart was back at the farm so they moved back to Norris in May of 1955. They farmed, milked cows, raised sheep, and always had a large garden.
In September 1965, Andy went to meat cutting school in Toledo, Ohio, for three months. Andy got a job with Al’s Locker in Winner, South Dakota, in February, 1966 and moved to Winner. In 1968, they moved to Ainsworth, Nebraska, to work for Sand Hill Pack. In 1976, Andy and Leona bought their own meat plant. In July 1983 after seven years of long days and very hard work, they sold the meat plant and retired. In 1988, they bought a trailer and lots in Orin, Wyoming, and spent their summers there. In 1993, they sold their house and moved to Orin. After moving to Orin, Andy enjoyed raising some cattle and sheep until his health wouldn’t permit him to.
Andy enjoyed playing cards, hunting, fishing, and in his younger years playing softball.
Grateful for having shared his life are his wife, Leona, of Orin, Wyoming; children, Sharon (Pat) Sumners of White River, South Dakota; Arvin (Joyce) Schmidt of Johnstown, Nebraska; Glenda Engel of Douglas, Wyoming; Shirley (Artie) Bullock of Manville, Wyoming; Marge (Max) Page of Douglas; Loretta (Tyler) Dysart of Douglas; Lori (Gerald) Carpenter of Manville; Kim (Ryan) Olson of Rapid City, South Dakota; 25 grandchildren; 26 great grandchildren; sisters, Viola Deutsch of Valentine, Nebraska, and Phyllis Fernen of Spearfish, South Dakota; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Andy was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Sophia Schmidt; sister, Mathilda in infancy; sister, Lucille; and brother, Melvin.
Serving as pallbearers were Tac Dysart, Ty Dysart, Josh Page, Shawn Engel, Lane Carpenter, Clint Phillips, Jody Schmidt, and Terry Sumners.
Serving as honorary pallbearers were all of his grandchildren and great grandchildren.
A memorial to the Zion Lutheran Church, 601 South Ninth Street, Douglas, Wyoming 82633, has been established.
The Gorman Funeral Homes – Converse Chapel of Douglas are in charge of the arrangements.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.gormanfh.com