Elmer J. “Schmidty” Schmidt, 89, Hays, died Wednesday, March 18, 2020, at his home.
He was born October 18, 1930, in Catharine to Adolph J. and Anna (Staab) Schmidt.
He married Rosalinda “Rosie” Meier on Nov. 7, 1955, in Catharine. He was a parts manager for 57 years at International Harvesters/Radke Implement and a farmer. He was a U.S. Army veteran.
He was a member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, Third Degree Knights of Columbus Council No. 6984, Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus Bishop Cunningham Assembly, the American Legion, and served on the church funeral dinner committee.
He enjoyed all sports, was a Kansas City Chiefs and Royals fan, and enjoyed WWE wrestling. He enjoyed woodworking and his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Survivors include his wife of 64 years, of the home in Hays; a son, Brian Schmidt and wife, Cherie, Hays; three daughters, Patty Kuhn and husband, Duane, and Brenda Gottschalk and husband, Dan, all of Hays, and Debbie Pittman and husband, Lance, Flagstaff, Ariz.; three brothers, Emery Schmidt and wife, Shirley, Catharine, Adolph Schmidt and wife, DeAnn, and Gerald Schmidt and wife, Elaine, all of Hays; a sister, Cora Dortland, Gorham; a brother-in-law, Maynard Evans, Hays; five grandchildren, Brandon Kuhn and wife, Ashley, Dustin Kuhn and wife, Mindy, Ayrton Pittman, Derek Gottschalk and wife, Hayley, and Danna Decker and husband, Brandon; and eleven great-grandchildren, Kayleigh Kuhn, Jolie Kuhn, Shiloh Kuhn, Dayton Kuhn, Kasen Kuhn, Kaycee Kuhn, Claire Decker, Caleb Decker, Skyler Anderson, Leigh Anderson, and Lilly Fross.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Celly, Herbert, and Alfred Schmidt; an infant brother, Elmer; three sisters, Cyrilla Evans, Fedelia Rome, and Irene Dinkel; and a brother-in-law, Everett Dortland.
Due to the Mass restrictions and limitations set forth by the Catholic Diocese, services will be at a later date at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, Hays. Hays Memorial Chapel Funeral Home, 1906 Pine, Hays, KS 67601 will announce services. Private family burial in St. Joseph Cemetery with military honors by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 9076 Honor Guard.
Memorials are suggested to Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church Building Fund.
Condolences can be sent to the family at www.haysmemorial.com.