Obituary: Lyndell SchmidLyndell Fred Schmid passed away at home in Heron Lake on August 22, 2012, at the age of 77 years, 10 months, and 13 days.
Lyndell Fred Schmid was born on October 9, 1934, in Merrill, Iowa, the son of Fred and Irene (Trometer) Schmid. He was baptized and confirmed in Iowa and grew up on a farm there. He graduated from Union High School in Union, Iowa in 1953 and then continued on to two years of college. He was married to Wilma Clark in 1956; to this marriage Lee and Tracy were born. The marriage was later dissolved. In 1956 he joined the United States Army. After basic training, he was stationed in Augusta, Georgia. He was honorably discharged in 1958. Lynn then continued his education obtaining a Bachelor of Arts and Master’s degree from USD, Vermillion. After completing his college education he began his career in Winner, South Dakota, Sioux City Central and Rapid City Central teaching Speech and coaching debate. He also managed an educational television station in Rapid City before coming to Worthington in 1968. At Worthington High School he also taught Speech and coach debate for his final 27 years and was known as the “Great Pumpkin” or “Schmidy.” On December 21, 1974, he was married to Mary (Diemer) Freking at the American Lutheran Church in Worthington. Together their family was complete with seven children. After retirement from teaching in 1997, Lynn and Mary moved north to a lake home on Townline Lake in rural Longville, Minnesota, where they enjoyed fishing and living in “God’s Country.” After becoming legally blind, Lynn enjoyed his coffee time with the “Mini Mart Crew” in Heron Lake, and the Corner Junction/One Stop Crew in Longville, talking smart and solving the world’s problems. Lyndell Fred Schmid passed away at home in Heron Lake on August 22, 2012, at the age of 77 years, 10 months, and 13 days, after a lingering illness.
Lyndell was a member of Salem Lutheran Church in Longville, Minnesota. Before retirement he enjoyed fishing, trapping, selling Midwestern Homes and gardening. For a short time he sold AAL Insurance and had a dog kennel. Lynn loved humor and was an accepting person. He was a true farmer at heart. His most precious moments were spent with this children and grandchildren.
Lyndell will especially be remembered by his loved ones: his wife of 37 years, Mary of Longville/ Heron Lake, Minnesota; his seven children; Lee (René) Schmid of Springhill, Kansas, Tracy (Greg) Reddell of Street, Maryland, Kevin (Dana) Schmid of Worthington, Minnesota, Maria Vosberg of Heron Lake, Minnesota, Mark (Jane) Schmid of Courtland, Minnesota, Christina (Maury) Kuehl of Dovray, Minnesota, and Katie Lais of Windom, Minnesota; 16 grandchildren; and one great grandchild. He is also survived by his siblings, Lynnette (Roger) Wilson of Paullina, Iowa, Donna (Lanny) Nairn of Marlton, New Jersey, and Gary (Sandy) Schmid of Remsen, Iowa, and many nieces and nephews.
Lyndell is preceded in death by his parents; one brother, David Schmid; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Blessed be the memory of Lyndell Fred Schmid.
A memorial service will be 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012, at Evangelical Lutheran Church, Heron Lake, with the Rev. Rachel Wrenn officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Osterberg-Hansen Funeral Home, Lakefield, is in charge of the arrangements.
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