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“We are sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.Tom, Darcy, Shelby & Spencer ”
1 of 9 | Posted by: Darcy Staloch - Minneapolis, MN

“I did not know Donald ... but I do know his son Barry very well. As Barry is a top-notch quality person, I'm sure Donald was as well. ”
2 of 9 | Posted by: Alan Fitterer - Lonsdale, MN

“Gertie and family,Our family has many fond memories of visiting your farm, playing ball in the pasture, and of course piling into the station wagon...Read More »
3 of 9 | Posted by: Brenda Schultz

“We are sending our prayers and hoping it helps get you through This difficult time. Uncle Don was such a sweet and great guy.We really loved him...Read More »
4 of 9 | Posted by: Billy & Janet Abbitt - OK

“Dear Annette and Family:My most heartfelt sympathy on your loss. My prayers are with you!Heidi ”
5 of 9 | Posted by: Heidi Thomas - Eden Prairie, MN

“I am so sorry for your loss. Prayers to you all. ”
6 of 9 | Posted by: Teresa Johnson (Niebuhr) - IA

“My deepest Sympathy ”
7 of 9 | Posted by: Judy Harpestad - Wells, MN

“Dear Gert and Schmidt family: I was so sorry to learn of Don's passing. You have our very deep and heartfelt sympathy. May God keep you in His...Read More »
8 of 9 | Posted by: Mary and Richard Stenzel - MN

“To the entire Schmidt Family,My sincerest condolences in the loss of your beloved father. May you all find comfort in knowing he is resting in the...Read More »
9 of 9 | Posted by: Linda Mosser Mathiesen - Houston, TX


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Donald Henry Schmidt, Sr., 91, of Owatonna, formerly of Wells, MN, died Sunday, January 29, 2017, at Koda Living Community in Owatonna, MN. A memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, February 4, 2017 at 11:00 AM at St. Casimir Catholic Church in Wells with Fr. Andrew Vogel and Deacon Gene Paul officiating. Visitation will be held Friday, February 3, 2017 at Bruss-Heitner Funeral Home in Wells, MN from 5:00-7:00 PM and will continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday. Interment will be at St. Casimir Cemetery with military honors accorded by the Wells Color Guard.

Donald Henry was born July 12, 1925, in Wells, MN, the son of George and Gladys (Garver) Schmidt. Don was inducted into the United States Army in 1951. While serving he met his future wife, Gertrude. On June 11, 1955, Don was united in marriage to Gertrude Zansler in New Orleans, LA, and to this union 6 children were born. Don remained in active reserves from 1953 until 1956, when he was honorably discharged. Donald was a life-long farmer. He loved farming and raising livestock. He enjoyed playing baseball, basketball, horseshoes, fishing, and playing cards. Don was a 63 year member of the American Legion and he enjoyed getting together with his extended Army family.

Don is survived by his wife, Gertrude of Owatonna, MN; 6 children: Donald, Jr. (Diane) Schmidt of Coleman, WI, Cindy (Joseph) Stock of Washburn, WI, Bryan (Sheila) Schmidt of Northfield, MN, Annette (Doug) Kloos of Owatonna, MN, Barry (Nancy) Schmidt of Montgomery, MN, and Joel (Tracy) Schmidt of Mapleton, MN; 9 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren; one brother, Herbert (Betty) Schmidt of Kenner, LA; many nieces, nephews and their families.

He is preceded in death by his parents; brother, Kenneth Schmidt; and sisters, Virginia Horn and Teresa Gracyalny.