Paul Schmitt

Paul C. Schmitt, the son of John and Mary (Grace) Schmitt was born October 10, 1928 at Waterloo, Iowa and departed this life August 16, 2017 at Mercy Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa. He lived his life to the age of 88 years, 10 months and 6 days.
Paul started school in Marble Rock, Iowa and after his parents moved near Paton, he attended Dawson Country School. His parents then moved to a farm near Adaza and Paul graduated from Lohrville High School in 1946. Paul farmed with his father until he entered the U.S. Army. He served in Korea and was awarded the Korean Service Medal and four Bronze Stars. He was discharged from the service in 1952 and returned to work with his father.
On August 21, 1954, Paul Schmitt was united in marriage to Patricia Richtsmeier at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Wesley, Iowa. Six children were born to this union. After their marriage, Paul started farming on his own and presently resides on a Century Farm which has been in the Grace family since 1895. Paul was a well-respected farmer who enjoyed farming with his sons.
Paul was a member of St. Columbkille and St. Patrick Catholic Churches.
Paul is survived by his wife, Pat, a daughter, Kathleen Schmitt of Carroll, five sons and their spouses; Charles (Linda) of Lohrville, Anthony (Marty) of Des Moines, Kenneth (Angie) of Carroll, William (Janelle) of Alleman, and Steven (Liisa) of Minneapolis,
Minnesota, 12 grandchildren; Kelly Schmitt, Brittany Sickels, Stacey Netz, Stephen Schmitt, Britni Hubbard, Bryce Schmitt, Morgan Stipe, Devan Loew, Taylor Loew, Erik Schmitt, Lukas Schmitt, and Patrik Schmitt, 9 great-grandchildren and two sisters; Helen Babcock of Sioux Rapids, Iowa and Theresa Ward of Papillion, Nebraska. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Mass of the Christian burial was held at 2:00 P.M. Saturday, August 19, 2017, from St. Columbkille’s Catholic Church in Churdan with Father Lynn Bruch officiating. Burial was made in St. Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery in Cedar Township, west of Churdan. Serving as organist was Lois Last and cantor was Greg Carey with the St. Columbkille choir. Military rites were conducted by the Churdan American Legion with Taps being played by Paul’s nephew, Tom Ward.
Serving as casket bearers were Stephen Schmitt, Erik Schmitt, Lukas Schmitt, Patrik Schmitt, Bryce Schmitt, Tom Sickels, Zach Netz and Tony Hubbard. Honorary bearers were Kelly Schmitt, Brittany Sickels, Stacey Netz, Britni Hubbard, Morgan Stipe, Devan Loew and Taylor Loew.

7 thoughts on “Paul Schmitt

  1. Jean draude

    My condenlences to you Pat and your kids. I will always remember the wonderful smile Paul had. He was a good hard working man. May all of his memories help you through this difficult time. God Bless you all and may God grant Paul eternal peace and rest.

  2. Monica Stewart Baker

    To The Schmitt Family,
    My deepest condolences for the loss. Francisco and I send you our love and sympathies.
    ~ Monica and Francisco

  3. Cory & Lisa Schoening

    Bill & Jan,

    We’re so sorry to hear of your father’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this most difficult time.

  4. Joan (Draude) Brayer

    My deepest sympathy to you Pat and your family in hearing about Paul’s passing! The last Richtsmeier reunion I was at took place on Bobby ‘s son farm. Jean, Dad and myself had a very memorable time!
    Paul always had the reddish cheeks, biggest smile and I always thought of him as being quiet! Who can get a word in with the Richtsmeiers?
    You are in my thoughts and prayers!
    My love to all,
    “Cousin from Wiscon”sin”

  5. Steve Shedivy

    Steve & Liisa,
    Gigi and I are thinking about you and the boys. Stay strong and let us know if we can help in any way.

  6. Diane Collins Blomker

    My deepest sympathy on the loss of Paul. He was a great man and a great godfather to me. Always had a smile. Will miss him

  7. Pam Larson

    To The Schmitt Family,
    My deepest sympathy to you all on the loss of Paul. I have many wonderful memories of my time with him. He was a kind man with a big smile and welcoming presence. I pray you all take comfort in your memories. Keeping you all in thoughts and prayers.
    Pam and Tony Larson

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