Eldon A. “Woody” Schmidtberger, 85, Victoria, died Saturday, June 2, 2018, at his home.
He was born Dec. 30, 1932, in Victoria to Frank and Elizabeth (Weigel) Schmidtberger. He grew up in Victoria and attended Victoria High School.
He married Alberta Marie (Kurz) York-Goscha on June 19, 1976, in Victoria. He was a truck driver, hauling grain and cattle. He hauled for High Plains Grain, Weilert Enterprises, Leiker Farms, J Corp. and some oil fields companies. He retired in 2008. He then drove a few years for Ottley Auto Auction and was a driver the Fort Hays Chapter No. 18 DAV Veterans Van since 2013. He was a retired U.S, Navy Veteran and served during the Korean Conflict from 1952 until his retirement in 1972. He was on the USS Midway Aircraft Carrier and was a plank owner.
He was a member of The Basilica of St. Fidelis, St. Fidelis Third Degree Knights of Columbus and Fourth Degree Assembly, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post No. 1751 and a Past Commander, all of Victoria.
He enjoyed playing pinochle and spending time with his family and friends.
Survivors include his wife, of the home; two sons, Doyle York and companion, Terry Taffner, Jasper, Mo., and Bradley Goscha, Victoria; a daughter, Shawnda Rumbaugh and husband, Bruce, Hays; a brother-in-law, Charles Vestecka and wife, Leona, Victoria; 10 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Edwin F. Schmidtberger and wife, Laurentine; nine sisters, Loretta Braun and husband, W.J. “Wendelin, Catherine Melchoir and husband, Joseph, Melfreda Rucker and husband, Arthur, Evelyn Gross and husband, Herman, Virginia Wilkes-Schmeidler and husbands, James and Ernest, Stella Vestecka, Viola Lodovici and husband, Olinto “Shine”, Marian Vance and husband, Rufus, Vera Mae McClurg and husband, Dean; and an infant sister, Evelyn Schmidtberger.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at The Basilica of St. Fidelis, Victoria; inurnment in St. Fidelis Cemetery, Victoria with military honors by Victoria V.F.W. Post No. 1751.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday at Cline’s-Keithley Mortuary, 412 Main, Victoria, KS 67671 and from 9 to 10 a.m. Monday at The Basilica.
A vigil will be at 7 p.m. Sunday and a Knights of Columbus / V.F.W. rosary will be at 7:30 p.m., both at the mortuary. The 4th Degree Assembly will stand honor guard from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the mortuary.
Memorials are suggested to DAV Veterans Van in care of the mortuary.
Condolences can be left by guestbook at www.keithleyfuneralchapels.com or can be sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.