Howard Lee Schmidt

Howard Lee Schmidt, 66, Hays, died Monday, Nov. 9, 2020, at Hays Medical Center.

He was born Nov. 21, 1953, in Hays to George J. and Caroline (Dreiling) Schmidt. He was a 1971 graduate of Hays High School.

He was a custodian at Fort Hays State University.

He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church.

He was a Denver Broncos fan, enjoyed the mountains, country and western music, horses and cowboy stuff. He enjoyed trout fishing, flower gardening, and learning to cook. He enjoyed his family was selfless, happy and made others feel better.

Survivors include two brothers, Ralph Schmidt, Pearl City, Hawaii and George Schmidt and wife, Kristy, McPherson; two sisters, Kathy Quigley, Manhattan and Elizabeth Speer and husband, Lynden, Clearwater; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother-in-law, Dan Quigley.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Hays; inurnment will be at a later date in St. Joseph Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. Friday at Hays Memorial Chapel Funeral Home, 1906 Pine, Hays, KS 67601.

Memorials are suggested to Hospice of HaysMed in care of the funeral home.

Condolences can be sent to the family at

Posted online on November 10, 2020