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Obituary of Dale Schmidt
Dale Bruce Schmidt was born on March 16, 1951, to Ivan and Ida Unruh Schmidt. He was the eighth of nine children. Dad enjoyed good health all of his life, until March of 2018, when he was diagnosed with liver cancer. He passed away quietly, at home, with his wife and three boys surrounding him on June 28, 2018. He reached the age of 67.
Dad's childhood years were spent in Fredonia, Kansas. He gave his heart to God, and was baptized into the Church by Lee Schultz on February 28, 1968, at Fredonia, Kansas, remaining faithful to the end.
Dad married our mother, Katherine Ann Mayeske, on February 17, 1974. To this union were born 3 sons. Dad farmed for nine years in Fredonia, Kansas. In 1985, he moved our family to Clarksdale, Mississippi, and started landforming. We have many fond memories of growing up at home. We remember listening to Dad and Mom singing together late in the evenings after we had gone to bed. We enjoyed many good times of fishing and traveling. We loved being with Dad and endless hours were spent riding with him in the tractor. He was a hard worker and provided well for his family.
We were heartbroken when our mother was taken from us in 2007, after a five year battle with cancer. God was very good to Dad and blessed him with another companion. He married Maxine Giesbrecht on February 3, 2008. We children feel that Mom is a special gift to our family. We are thankful for her deep love she had for Dad, and the wonderful care she gave him during his sickness. Dad expressed his thankfulness for the ten good years they enjoyed together.
Dad was known for being on time (which meant being early). He had a very generous heart, freely sharing with others the things God blessed him with. Dad was not a complainer and bore his trials of life in a quiet way. Dad was a man of faith. He believed in God and the Church and was willing to accept correction. After a very meaningful reconsecration that brought the vision of the "true riches", the Church became even more precious to him. Recently, he shared with us some phrases of Bible verses that God had impressed him with a few years back: "...being as gentle as a nurse" and another "as harmless as a dove". Without doubt, this bore testimony and a fruit in his life that we so much appreciated. Dad was a wonderful father, and in his own quiet way, he left us wisdom and lessons that we greatly treasure and will carry with us through life. Our hearts are hurting as we feel the void in our lives that Dad's passing has brought.
Left to cherish fond memories are his wife, Maxine; three sons: Mikael and Julie, Brandon and Janette, Larry and Suzanne, five granddaughters and two grandsons, all of Clarksdale, Mississippi; his brothers : Don and Gladys, Moundridge, Kansas; Eldon, Clarksdale, Mississippi; Roland and Twila, Macon, Mississippi; Richard and Jane, Clarksdale, Mississippi; Eddie and Letha, Clarksdale, Mississippi; Roger and Clara, Batesville, Mississippi; his Mayeske brothers-in-law: Dwight and Jeanie, Fredonia, Kansas (presently serving in Guatemala); Allen and Anne, Newton, Kansas; Stanley and Linda, Fredonia, Kansas; Karl and Jan, Lakin, Kansas; Danny and Julie, Fredonia, Kansas; and Tim and Aneta Hochstetler, Marion, Alabama. His Mayeske sisters-in-law: Janet and David Giesbrecht, Princeton, California; Linda and Wendell Wedel, Durham, Kansas; Barbara and Lennis Schultz, Fredonia, Kansas; Beverly Mayeske, Newton, Kansas; and Margaret and Ron Jantz, Burns, Kansas. His Giesbrecht family: Dale and Lorna, Macon, Mississippi; Susie and Delbert Koehn, Scooba, Mississippi; and LeZetta and Steve Koehn, West Point, Mississippi; along with a host of nieces and nephews, cousins and friends.
Awaiting him on the other side are his first wife, Katherine, his parents and parents-in-law, one sister, and three sisters-in-law.