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St. George Catholic Church
Saturday November 5th, 2011
9:00am - 10:30am

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Raymond "Ray" Schmidt

Msgr. Carlton Hermann
Fr. Tony Opem
Jacob Bies
Zachary Novak
Gina Jensen
Nancy McClintick
Linda Kronaizl
Jan Schmidt
Gina Jensen
Carla Sweeney
Susan Bies
Mary Novak
Marcia Kirchner
Pianist ~ Martin Sieverding
Soloist ~ Linda Kronaizl
“How Great Thou Art”
“Here I Am, Lord”
“Ave Maria”
“America the Beautiful”
Dan Miller
Tim Schmidt
Bryan Reising
Joel Kirchner
Paul Bainbridge
Marvin Thum
Ted Grace
Raymond Bernard Schmidt was born on Friday, June 15, 1928 in Scotland, South Dakota. He was the fourth child born to J.P. and Rose (Podzimek) Schmidt. He graduated from Scotland High School in 1946. “Rakey,” as he was affectionately called, enjoyed hunting and bowling in his early years, and was a die-hard Boston Celtic fan. Ray had a cow/calf operation on his acreage but his greatest passion in life was commercial painting. He was very meticulous and set his own pace. Time was never a factor with him; only a job well done. Ray served in the U.S. Army from 1951–1953 and was a lifetime member of Joseph Verm American Legion Post #155, following in the footsteps of his grandfather, John F. Schmidt, and his father, J.P. Schmidt. He, along with his brother Donald, was in charge of the St. George Catholic Cemetery in Scotland. Ray was personally responsible for the Crucifixion statue at the cemetery, for which he took great pride. He was a lifetime member of St. George Catholic Church and donated his time to painting the interior and the removal of snow outside. Ray passed away on Wednesday, November 2, 2011 at the Scotland Good Samaritan Society, having attained the age of 83 years.
Ray is survived by his sweetheart, Campy Hartnett of Sioux Falls; three sisters: Dorothy Schmidt of Yankton, Betty Kellen of Worthington, Minnesota, and Katherine Schmidt of Chandler, Arizona; two brothers: Donald (Delphine) Schmidt of Scotland and Gregory (Jan) Schmidt of Dakota Dunes; a brother-in-law, Ken Miller of Sioux Falls; twenty nieces and nephews; twenty-four great- nieces and nephews; one great-great-nephew; his special friend, Zita Schmidt of Scotland; and his faithful dog, Gigi.
He was preceded in death by his parents, J.P. and Rose Schmidt; his maternal and paternal grandparents; two brothers: Louis Schmidt in infancy and Joseph J. Schmidt of Rapid City; two sisters: Marilyn F. Schaefer and Carol Anne Miller; and three brothers-in-law: Dr. Robert Schaefer, Darrell Bowyer and Nick Kellen.

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Our heartfelt sympathy to you all. We will truly miss Ray and the warm friendship we shared these many years. We will cherish the memories of the great times we had together. You all are in our thoughts and prayers. Love, Marvin and Agnes

Marvin and Agnes Thum Nov 5 2011 2:25 PM

All my sympathy to the family, may he find peace from his suffering. God Bless, Love, Marcia & family

Marcia Vellek Skipper Nov 2 2011 6:42 PM