Charles Ernest Schmidt (1937-2015)

Charles Ernest SchmidtWe regret to report the death of our cousin, Chuck Schmidt of West Bend, Iowa, who died last Tuesday at the age of 78. Chuck was the son of Earnest “Bud” Schmidt, grandson of Henry Schmidt Sr., great grandson of Conrad Schmidt, 2xgreat grandson of Dietrich Schmidt Sr., 3xgreat grandson of Friedrich Schmidt, 4xgreat grandson of Johannes Schmidt Jr., 5xgreat grandson of Johannes Schmidt Sr., 6xgreat grandson of Hans Heinrich Schmidt, and 7xgreat grandson of Hans Schmidt.

Charles “Chuck” Ernest Schmidt, 78 of West Bend died Tuesday, December 22, 2015 in West Bend, IA. Services will be held Tuesday, December 29, 10:30 AM at Saints Peter and Paul’s Catholic Church, West Bend. Visitation is from 3-7 PM Monday at the church where a rosary will be recited at 2:45 PM and a “time of sharing” will start at 7:00 PM. Harris Funeral Home of West Bend is in charge of arrangements.

Charles Ernest Schmidt, the son of Ernest and Ida (Banwart) Schmidt was born January 1, 1937 on the family farm in Ottosen, IA. He received his education in West Bend. On January 8, 1957 he was united in marriage with Carol Laubenthal at Sts. Peter and Paul’s Church in West Bend. The couple lived and farmed in the Ottosen area for 27 years before moving to town in West Bend in 1987.

Survivors include his wife Carol of West Bend, IA, children: Joe (Sue) Schmidt of Ottosen, IA, Jane (Charlie) DeLaCroix of Greeley, Colorado, Paul (Lori) Schmidt of Ottosen, IA, Lisa Schmidt of Dubuque, IA, Brian (Nancy) Schmidt of Fort Dodge, IA and Bruce Schmidt of Omaha, Nebraska, 6 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren, brother Jim (Sherry) Schmidt of West Bend, IA, sister Marilyn(Lyle) Zeltwanger of Valparaiso, Indiana, and his uncle Ervin Banwart of West Bend, IA.

Chuck was always very active in the community. He was instrumental in starting the West Bend Golf and Country Club as well as West Bend Ford, where he was a salesman for 17 years. He was a member of Sts. Peter and Paul’s Church in West Bend as well as the Knights of Columbus. Chuck also served on the School Board at Sts. Peter and Paul’s Parochial School and the West Bend Golf and Country Club Board. He was preceded in death by his parents and his daughter Karen in 2010.


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