Donald W. Schmidt (1920 - 2010)

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Donald Walter Schmidt passed away of natural causes late Sunday evening, Jan. 10, 2010, in Bozeman.

Don was born on July 14, 1920, in Walters, Minn. (Freeborn County), to Mark John Schmidt and Eva Amanda (Anderson) Schmidt. He had two older brothers, Syvert and Henry, and is survived by one younger brother, Howard.

Don graduated from Austin High School in 1938 and received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Minnesota in 1943. That same year he began his professional career working for Westinghouse Corporation.

In July 1944, Don entered the U.S. Navy, spending the bulk of his time on Guam as an electronics technician's mate. He met his future wife, Joyce Lorraine Johnson, while they were both receiving naval training in Stillwater, Okla. Don and Joyce became engaged in Washington, D.C., in June 1945. Don returned to civilian life on May 27, 1946, and was married shortly thereafter to Joyce on June 1, 1946, in Minneapolis, Minn.

In August 1946, Don began a successful 37-year career with Honeywell. He retired from his job as the Midwest regional director of sales and service in 1983.

Don's crowning achievements in life were raising his four children and caring for his wife of 58 years, particularly as she suffered from failing health in her later years. Don had many admirable traits but none more than his ability to nurture and care for those in need.

Don is survived by Michael (Eileen) Schmidt of Duluth, Minn., Jean (Pepe) Herrera of Bozeman, William Schmidt of Vietnam, and Barbara (Tom) Kempton of Bozeman, as well as nine grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his dear friend and companion, June Stone of Bozeman.

Don's memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 15, at the United Methodist Church of Bozeman, 121 S. Willson Ave.

Memorials may be made in his honor to the charity of your choice.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Jan. 14, 2010
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