George A. “Chuck” Schmidt, age 92, of Sparta, passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020, at The Morrow Home in Sparta.
George was born on his parents’ farm in the town of Hull, Colby, on July 9, 1928, to Alvin and Martha (Lemmin) Schmidt. He attended Colby grade and high schools. He married Grace Kraemer on January 26, 1952. He entered the U.S. Marine Corp. on March 13, 1952. George served as a corporal with the magus 4 marine intercept squadron portable radar unit at El Toro Airbase in Santa Ana, Calif. He was discharged on March 12, 1954, and served with the reserves until March 12, 1960. George and Grace returned to Colby where they farmed for 39 years on the farm that his father purchased in 1916. After retiring, he worked at County Market in Abbotsford for 25 years. The couple moved to Sparta in September of 2015.
George was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Sparta, and a former member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Colby.
George is survived by his wife, Grace, of 68 years; seven children: Larry (Judy) Schmidt of Sparta, Donald (Karen) Schmidt of Colby, Linda Porter of Marshfield, Ann (Steven) Studinski of Marathon, Laura (Darin Holtman) Schmidt of Sparta, Carol Allen of Stillwater, Minn., and Diane (Greg) Schwarz of Spring Valley, Minn. He is further survived by 17 grandchildren: David, Andrew, Christina, Bethany, Chris, Sarah, Nick, Amanda, Elizabeth, Steven, Andrew, Kyle, Trevor, McKayla, Erin, Traci and Scott. George is also survived by 26 great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews; and many dear friends.
George was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters: Elva Olson, Grace Gumieny and Delores Streich; one brother, Harold Schmidt; and by his son-in-law, Doug Allen.
A mass of Christian burial was be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Colby with Rev. Eric Berns presiding. Visitation was held at the church on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. until time of service. Burial followed in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, Colby. The honor of pallbearer belonged to his grandsons.
George’s arrangements are under the care of Life Tributes Funeral Home-Spencer. Please visit www. lifetributesfuneralhome.com to share thoughts and condolences.
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