Michael Schmidt (1949 - 2015)

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Mass of Christian burial for Michael Schmidt were held on Wednesday, Aug, 19th, at 11 a.m. at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, 20500 West Maple Road, Elkhorn, Neb.  There was a private inurnment.
Michael was born July 30, 1949 in Carroll, to Evans and Daisy (Parris) Schmidt.  He lived on the family farm in Audubon, with his parents and siblings, Linda and Joel. Michael graduated from Audubon High School with the class of 1968, then moved to Omaha to attend business college.  He received an Associate Degree in Business at the Commercial Extension-School of Commerce located in Omaha.  
After graduating from college, Michael met Joyce Siepker, who was attending Commercial Extension at the time.  They married Nov. 6, 1971 and had their first son Sean Michael in 1972.  Bryson Lee, their second son, was born in 1975.  Bryson has three children.  Gavin is 11 years old, Brooklyn is 8 years old and Brayden is 4 years old.  
While still in high school, Michael began working at the DeBoth Florist Shop in Audubon, where he delivered flowers, Christmas trees and rolled sod.  In college, Michael worked in the office at Henry Weiner Tires, on the freight dock at Hale Cartage Company as well as in the Campbell Soup Company plant.  Shortly after graduation, Michael began working in the bookstore at the University of Nebraska-Omaha.  He worked his way up the ranks and eventually became manager.  After more than 40 years with UNO, Michael retired as manager in 2013.  In his retirement, Michael assisted his son Bryson after he purchased his own company, Mr. Rooter of Omaha.  Michael also enjoyed helping his friend Jerry Vincentini with his graduation supplies company.  
Michael was very proud of his German heritage and was active for many years as a Bear in the German American Society in Omaha.  He made a lot of friends through this organization and had a lot of wonderful memories of their times together.  
Michael took great pride in his cars, his home and his lawn.  Joyce knew Michael loved her when he sold his treasured GTO and replaced it with an orange Vega so that they could marry.  After many years of marriage, he eventually purchased a sporty 1993 40th Anniversary Chevy Corvette T-top convertible.  And you just needed to drive past Michael's home to know he spent many hours meticulously planting flowers, pruning bushes and mowing the lawn.  
Michael was diagnosed in June 2014 with a brain tumor.  He endured months of chemo and radiation, which shrunk some of the tumor for a year.  In July 2015, his doctors discovered two more tumors near the base of his brain.  Michael fought hard until he could fight no more, peacefully succumbing to the disease on Aug. 13, 2015 with his loving family by his side.  
He is preceded in death by his parents, Evans and Daisy Schmidt,  Joyce's parents Edward and Marie Siepker and Joyce's sister and brother-in-law Janet and Dewayne Feser.  Besides Joyce, Sean, Bryson and grandchildren, Michael is also survived by his sister Linda and her husband Mori Shimabukuro, his brother Joel Schmidt and his wife Charlotte, Joyce's sister Linda and her husband Larry Klocke and Joyce's brother Wayne and his wife Audrey Siepker.  He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and friends.  
Memorials may be directed to St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Elkhorn, Neb.

Published in AUDUBON COUNTY ADVOCATE JOURNAL from Aug. 21 to Aug. 28, 2015
Arrangements under the direction of:
Crosby Burket Swanson Golden Funeral Home
11902 W Center Road | Omaha, NE 68144 | (402) 333-7200
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