Kenneth Joel Schmidt, the greatest man we have ever known, passed away Dec. 23, 2013.
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Ken was born Aug. 10, 1935, in Newark, NJ. When he was 12 he moved to Santa Barbra, Calif., and graduated from Santa Barbra High School.
He joined the Navy Reserves and started working at Crown Drug Stores. He managed Crown Drug Stores, and that is where he met his wife of 40 years, Bev Schmidt. After that, he spent some time working for Thrifty Drug stores.
He moved to Montana in the early 1970s to open up a Yamaha Shop. After selling the Yamaha Shop, he started working at J.C. Billion, where he stayed for the next 16 years. Sales was in his nature, and after retiring from Billion he continue doing sales at various places, including Big Sky RV & EZ Auto. He worked at Winner Auto with his son until his health started to fail.
While he was retired he also spent some time living in sunny Bull Head City, Nev. Ken's biggest love was his family and friends, followed by the 49ers, playing poker, playing poker machines with his wife and working in the yard.
There are no words to truly describe this incredible man. He touched so many lives in his lifetime. He always put his family and friends before himself. He was kind, loving, smart, witty and generous. He will be missed and always loved.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Grace Schmidt; sister, Ronnie; and grandchild, Taylor.
He is survived by wife, Bev Schmidt; children, J'Aime (Curt) Wisner, Kendall Schmidt, Jeff (Alicia) Schmidt, Toni (Drew) Purdy, Teri Narron and Tami (Fred) Harris; sister, Karen McPherson; 12 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held Thursday Jan. 2, at 3 p.m. at the Belgrade LDS Church, 297 Bridger View Dr., Belgrade.
Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service, www.dokkennelson.com.
Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service
113 South Willson Avenue
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Dec. 29, 2013