Richard “Dick” Schmidt, age 67, of Trent, SD, passed away peacefully at his home on Monday, March 11, 2013.
Richard Lawrence Schmidt was born on March 6, 1946 at Dell Rapids, SD, the son of Lawrence and Irene (Schreier) Schmidt. He grew up on a farm north of Dell Rapids and attended school at St. Mary Schools. He graduated from St. Mary High School in 1964. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1965 was discharged in 1969. He returned home to Dell Rapids and started working at Kayser Implement and was a dairy farmer. He married Mildred Siemonsma on November 25, 1972 in Sioux Falls. The couple made their home on a farm east of Trent. Richard remained there until the time of his death. Richard was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church and the Hjelman-Anderson Legion Post #122. He loved his grandkids, playing cards and going to polka and waltz dances.
He is survived by his wife: Mildred of Trent; three sons: Alan (Susie) Schmidt of Crooks, Richard (Nicole) Schmidt of Egan and Paul (Tanya) Schmidt of Dell Rapids; four daughters: Katherine (Jason) Jaeger of Bridgewater, Emily (Jim) Muller of Renner, Brenda (Josh) Berthelsen of Parker and Laura (Dan) Larson of Crooks; 22 grandchildren: Megan, Anthony, Jessica, Adam, Julie and Andrew Jaeger; Madison, Austin, Cole and Chloe Schmidt; Lucas and Sally Muller; Nolan and Blake Schmidt; Connor and Rebecca Berthelsen; Dawson and Dominick Larson and Hannah, Riley, Brandon and Micah Schmidt; one brother: Duaine (Gail) Schmidt of Dell Rapids; his mother-in-law: Emma Siemonsma of Sioux Falls and many other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a grandson, Carter Larson, a brother, Henry and two brothers-in-law.
Mass of Christian Burial was held March 14 at St. Mary Catholic Church with Fr. Greg Tschakert as the Celebrant. Casketbearers were Warren Schmidt, Leonard Schmidt, Mark Bares, Dale Munk, Virgil Schmidt, Robert Michel, Gary DeClerk and Reinhold Schmuck. Honorary Casketbearers were Lawrence Allen, Virgil Fiegen, Quintin Nemmers and Dick Mergen. Interment in the St. Mary Cemetery, Dell Rapids. The Hjelman-Anderson American Legion Post #122 provided Military Rites. www.kahlerfh.com