Julius Schmidt was born on Wednesday, September 24, 1924 to Andrew and Anna (Bujer) Schmidt in Tyndall, South Dakota. He attended Tyndall School and graduated in 1943. During the Korean Conflict, Julius served in the U.S. Army and was awarded the South Korea Veterans Ambassador for Peace Medal. On June 5, 1950, Julius married Linda Finck at Immanuel Reformed Church in rural Tripp, South Dakota. Together they owned and operated Schmidt’s Service and Consumer Supply in Tyndall, South Dakota until retiring in 1986. Following retirement, Julius and Linda moved to Mesa, Arizona where they enjoyed golfing during the warm winter months. During the summers, they always returned home to Tyndall where they spent time with family and friends.
Even after retiring and his sons took over the family business, Julius looked forward to and enjoyed his time at Schmidt’s Service. For the last few years of his life, he always looked forward to the weekly truck day at the station when he would help price items for the shelves.
Julius enjoyed boating, golfing, snowmobiling, and camping with his family. He was also an active member of the community; he regularly attended St. John Lutheran Church, was a retired volunteer fireman and EMT for the Tyndall Fire Department, a lifetime member of Pike-Wagner American Legion Post #2 and Simek-Ptak VFW Post #6895 and served as the VFW Commander for a time, was also a retired Tyndall City Council member, and served on the Bon Homme Country Club board for several years. Julius was also instrumental in the building of the grandstands at the Tyndall School football field, with the Apple Tree Basin in rural Springfield, South Dakota, and the grass greens and concrete bridges at the Bon Homme Country Club. He was proud of his children and truly thankful for his family’s love and care as the years got harder. Julius was an honorable man of faith who cherished his family dearly.
Julius passed away on Thursday, March 15, 2018 at the Good Samaritan Society of Tyndall having attained the age of 93 years. He was welcomed to his eternal home by his parents, Andrew and Anna; his bride, Linda; son, Richard; brothers, Jake and Elmer Schmidt; and sisters: Dorothy Burnett, Pauline Sternhagen, Deloris Isaak, Hattie Sandau, and Ruby Sandau.
He is survived and remembered by his children: Sandra (John) Stahl of Kosciusko, MS, Robert (Karen) Schmidt of Tyndall, SD, Patricia (Rob) Foudray of Rapid City, SD, and Michael (Christi) Schmidt of Tyndall, SD; grandchildren: Juanita Parkinson, Alyson Land, Phylis Odum, Lyndsay Lunders, Steven Doyle, Megan Schmidt, Jennifer Schmidt, Joshua Schmidt, and Landon Schmidt; great-grandchildren: Ashleigh Parkinson, Collin Parkinson, Joshilyn Land, Mary Tyndall Odum, Connor Lunders, Carson Lunders, John William Odum, and Trae Land.
To God Be the Glory.