Obit: Schmidt, Verland A. #3 (1944 - 2007)

Contact:  Audrey Roedl


----Sources: Loyal TRG 06 June 2007

Schmidt, Verland A. #3 (5 OCT 1944 - 2 JUN 2007)

Verland "Vernie" A. Schmidt, 72, Neillsville, died Saturday, June 2, 2007, in the Palliative Care Unit of Saint Joseph’s Hospital, Marshfield. Visitation will be from5-9 p.m., on Wednesday, June 6, at Gesche Funeral Home, Neillsville, with a prayer service and rosary service at 8:30 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Thursday, June 7, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Neillsville, Wis. The celebrant will be the Rev. Woodrow H. Pace. Music will be provided by Ronald Resong, organist, and the St. Mary’s Choir, Interment will be in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery with military rites by the Neillsville Veterans Council. Casket bearers will be Verland’s sons and sons-in-law- Pat Schmidt, Tim Schmidt, Dennis Schmidt, Phil Schmidt, Milt Schmidt, Joe Hart, Carl Michels and Tom Spindler.

Verland Andrew Schmidt was born on Oct. 5, 1944, in Loyal, to John and Christine (nee Hauser) Schmidt. He attended the Pleasant view School, Loyal, and then served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict from 1954-56. He married Dolores Statz on Oct. 5, 1957, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Neillsville, Wis. He was employed on the family farm until he entered the Army and when he returned he worked in construction. Then they farmed in the town of Weston for many years. After retiring, they moved to Oak Street, Neillsville, Wis. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Neillsville, and served many years as an usher. He was also a member of the Haugen-Richmond American Legion Post #73, Neillsville, serving as the post commander and a member of the color guard. He was a member of the 40 & 8, a past governor of the Loyal Order of the Moose and a past member of various farm organizations. His hobbies included working at fish fries at the American Legion, farming, playing cards (especially sheepshead and dirty clubs), dancing, fishing, hunting, going to the casino, and driving his bulldozer; but most of all, he enjoyed his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Dolores; eight children, Mary (Joe) Hart, Neillsville, Peggy (Carl) Michels, Montgomery, Minn., Pat (Lori) Schmidt, Waupaca, Tim (Cindy) Schmidt, Fall Creek, Dennis (Margie) Schmidt, Marshfield, Phil (Lora) Schmidt, Neillsville, Sharon (Tom) Spindler, Marshfield, and Milt (Melissa) Schmidt, Fall Creek; grandchildren, Melissa, Elizabeth and Michael Hart, Rebecca Wortman, Mandie and Jen Michels, Nicholas and Cody Schmidt, Katie, Ryan and Cole Schmidt, Jodi, Eric and Kyle Schmidt, Faith and Adam Schmidt, Melissa and Mckayla Ciehantek, Gracie Spindler, and Isabella, Isaiah and Gabe Schmidt; great-grandchildren Jayden and eryn; a sister, Sally (Clarence "Curly") Becker, Neillsville; and two brothers, Bob (Winnie) Schmidt, Milton, and George (Jane) Schmidt, Janesville.

Preceding him in death were his parents; a grandson, dean Schmidt; a sister, Florence Rueth; five brothers, Joseph, Paul, Henry, Bernard and Tony Schmidt; a brother-in-law, Wayne Kraemer; and sisters-in-law, Jackie Schmidt, Dodie Schmidt, Margie Schmidt, Dorothy Schmidt and Helen Statz.

Gesche Funeral Home, Neillsville, is assisting the family with arrangements.



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