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VERSAILLES - Joseph L. Schmitmeyer, age 58, of State Route 242, Versailles. died at 3:45 p.m. Oct. 25, 2013, at his home.

He was born on March 24, 1955, in Coldwater Ohio, to the Late Ernest and Alma (Dirksen) Schmitmeyer.

His mother survives in Cranberry Prairie, Ohio. He married Linda Siefring on Feb. 17, 1979, at St. Bernard Catholic Church, Burkettsville, Ohio. She survives in Versailles. He is also survived by children; Aaron and Sara Schmitmeyer, Russia, Ohio, Matt and Liz Schmitmeyer, Versailles, Ben and Mallory Schmitmeyer, Versailles, Ryan and Krista Schmitmeyer, Versailles, Andrea Schmitmeyer, Versailles, 12 grandchildren; brothers and sisters, John and Marlene Schmitmeyer, Versailles, Pat and Cathy Schmitmeyer, Montezuma, Bob and MaryLou Schmitmeyer, Cranberry Prairie, Marilyn and Ron Poeppelman, Ft. Loramie, Ann and Paul Barhorst, Anna, Lois and Dave Schwieterman, Montezuma, Jean and John Homan, New Bremen, Linda and Kevin Muhlenkamp, Trinity, Ind., Steve and Karen Schmitmeyer, Cranberry Prairie; mother-in-law Romilda Siefring, St. Henry; in-laws, Delores and Robert Lenartz, Vandalia, Mary Jean and Paul Meyer, Versailles, Art and Eileen Siefring, Burkettsville, Eileen and Larry Dues, St. Henry, Janice and Denny Rindler, St. Henry, Deb and Roger Homan, Montezuma.

He was preceded in death by his father, father-in-law Cyril Siefring, sister Lucy and brother-in-law, Richard Siefring.

He was a member of St. Denis Catholic Church, Versailles, and the Knights of Columbus, Versailles. He was a lifelong farmer.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 Wednesday at St. Denis Catholic Church with Rev. Jim Simons celebrant.

Friends may call at the Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Russia from 2 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday and from 9 to 10 a.m. on. Memorial contributions may be made to State of the Heart Hospice and Darke County Right To Life. Burial will take place in St. Valbert Cemetery, Versailles. Condolences may be made at

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Russia, OH 45363
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Published in The Daily Advocate on Oct. 27, 2013