Raymond William Schmidt, 87, of rural Fountain, died Monday morning, March 2, 2015, at the Spring Valley Care Center.
Ray was born May 31, 1927, on the family farm in rural Fountain, the son of William and Lottie (Raabe) Schmidt. He was baptized and confirmed at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Wykoff. He attended country school. He farmed on the family farm all his life. Ray married Betty Lenz on May 19, 1957, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Spring Valley. The couple made their home in the country school that Ray attended, which was moved to the family farm. He became a resident of the Spring Valley Care Center recently.
He was a lifelong member of Immanuel Lutheran Church where he served on the church council, was an usher and played on the church softball league. One of the things he enjoyed most about church was handing out the Christmas Eve candy sacks to the children. He was a member and is the last surviving member of the Wykoff German Band. He loved popcorn and was a first-class popper, the Minnesota Twins, fishing and spending time with his family.
Ray is survived by his wife, Betty; three children, Sue (Dan) Leisen of Rochester, Dan Schmidt of rural Fountain and special friend, Cheryl Brandner, and Luan Ruesink of Spring Valley and special friend, Lee Rossman; three grandchildren, Sara and Kyle Leisen and Tyler Ruesink; two sisters, Marjorie Baier of Chatfield and Bernice (Paul) Stender of Blooming Prairie; and sister-in-law, Coleen Schmidt of Rochester.
He was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Nancy; one brother, Marvin; and one sister, Charlotte Tammel.
The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, March 6, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Wykoff, with the Rev. Kay Wold officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery in rural Wykoff.
Friends may call at the church on Thursday, March 5, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., and on Friday an hour before the service.
Thauwald Funeral Home in Spring Valley is assisting the family with arrangements.
Published in The Post-Bulletin on Mar. 3, 2015.