Walter W. Schmidt
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May 2, 1931 - May 11, 2014
Walter W. Schmidt, 83 of Caldwell, passed away Sunday, May 11, 2014 at a Boise care center of natural causes. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, May 16th at Dakan Funeral Chapel, Caldwell with burial to follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens, Caldwell. A visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday evening at Dakan Chapel. Condolences may be shared at www.dakanfuneralchapel.com.
Walter was born May 2, 1931 in Monmouth, Oregon to Gus and Nettie Schmidt. He was raised with his sister, Irene on the family farm and attended schools in Oregon. They moved to the Caldwell area in Idaho in 1948. Walter proudly served with the US Navy in 1951, during the Korean Conflict, as a heavy equipment operator with the Seebees. He was honorably discharged in 1955 and moved back home to the Caldwell area to resume dairy farming with his father, Gus.
Walter married Beverly Riggs in 1961 and together they raised their five children until Beverly's passing in 1976. Walter was a very dedicated and hard-working farmer, husband and father. He was an avid reader of historical novels, especially Idaho history, and enjoyed an occasional game of bowling. When he retired, Walter loved his monthly trips to Jackpot and meeting his friends for coffee.
Walter is survived by his five children, Debbie (Bob) Mahmoudi, Bonita (Reno) Bazzoli, Samuel (Colleen) Schmidt, Ella (Eric) Homburg, and Kurt (Jackie) Schmidt; his sister, Irene Howard; and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, family and friends.
Published in Idaho Press Tribune on May 14, 2014
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