Robert J. “A.” Schmidtberger, 87, Victoria, died Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018, at Hays Medical Center.

He was born Oct. 7, 1930, south of Victoria to Alphonse and Clara (Graf) Schmidtberger. He attended Victoria High School.

He married Patricia “Pat” (Miller) on Nov. 29, 1950, in Hays. He was a mechanic for more than 50 years. He started working at O’Loughlin Chevrolet in Hays, then worked 30-plus years in Russell, for Drube Chevrolet, Arnhold-Schlegeck Chevrolet and Lyda’s Chevrolet. He was an instructor at North Central Kansas Technical College in Hays for one semester, then worked for Ellis County Road and Bridge Department and retired in 1993. He was a U.S. Army veteran.

He was a member of the American Legion, The Basilica of St. Fidelis, St. Fidelis 3rd Degree Knights of Columbus and held a number of board positions. He was a crossing guard at the Victoria Grade School for a number of years.

He enjoyed farming, playing cards and his family.

Survivors include his wife, of the home; three sons, Robert L. Schmidtberger, William J. Schmidtberger and wife, Diana, and Bradley A. Schmidtberger and wife, Lori, all of Victoria; two daughters, Bonnie L. Sander and husband, Steve, Walker, and Rebecca A. “Becky” Scheck and husband, Jim, Victoria; a brother, Marvin Schmidtberger and wife, Nancy, Pratt; three sisters, Albertina Foos and Rosie Leiker, both of Hutchinson, and Edna Ptacek, Minneapolis; 28 grandchildren; and 28 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Michael Schmidtberger and wife Ann; an infant brother, Linus Schmidtberger; five sisters, Mary Schmidtberger and husband, Severin, Hubertine Schultz and husband, Sam, Hermina “Minnie” Roth and husband, Cecil; Sister Vivian Schmidtberger C.S.A. and Angelitta ‘Angie” Schmidtberger; and three brothers-in-law, Clarence Foos, Al Ptacek and Edward Leiker.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at The Basilica of St. Fidelis, Victoria; with military honors by Victoria Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 1751; private family inurnment will be held at later date.

Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday and from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday, both at the Basilica .

A vigil/ Knights of Columbus / Daughters of Isabella rosary will be at 7 p.m. Friday at the Basilica.

Memorials are suggested to The Basilica of St. Fidelis.

Cline’s-Keithley Mortuary, 412 Main , Victoria, KS 67671, is in charge of arrangements.

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