Eugene Harold Schmidt - December 05, 2013
Eugene Harold Schmidt was born to Edward P. and Alvina (Dirks) Schmidt on Oct. 31, 1935 at the family home near Montezuma, Kan.
His formal education took place in the South Lone Star School and Montezuma Grade School. During his growing up years he learned to invent. His father taught him to improvise and repair. With his brothers he tried a variety of experiments with welding, motors and more.
At the age of 15 he gave his heart to the Lord and was baptized by Norman Eicher on Dec. 19, 1950. He remained true to this faith until the end. He was a member of the Church of God in Christ, Mennonite.
On April 17, 1955, he married Donnabelle Yost. Over seven years, they welcomed three daughters. He was a patient, understanding father and taught more by example than by words.
A month after Eugene married Donnabelle, they left for Roseburg, Ore. There he put in his 1-W service in the Veterans Hospital.
Donnabelle passed away on June 1, 1990 after 35 years of marriage. He married Melinda Koehn on July 7, 1991.
Eugene made his living in manufacturing and agriculture. After their return from Roseburg, he farmed while supplementing their income with a job at Meade Manufacturing for four or five years. In 1979 he sold an invention to Orthman Manufacturing in Lexington, Neb. and went there to work for them.
In 1985 they moved to Madrid, Neb.. He started working for Sunco and later became a partner in the business. He worked there until he became too ill, but he had no plans to retire.
In addition to his interest in design and engineering, he took special delight in a number of other activities. He was well-known for his fishing and liked to take boys along occasionally. He enjoyed helping friends shop for vehicles. He tilled numerous yards and gardens with his small tractor.
In later years he showed his gratitude through generosity toward others. A number of young men received financial assistance to start their businesses. He eagerly helped others develop their ideas.
His children appreciated how Melinda enriched his life. They shared new experiences and opportunities. During his final illness she lovingly and unselfishly cared for him.
After a rapid decline, he quietly passed away at his home in Madrid near midnight on Nov. 23, 2013 at the age of 78.
Those who cherish his memory are his wife Melinda; three daughters: Rita and Delbert Koehn, Eldon, Mo.; Sandra and Daniel Dirks, Montezuma; Denise and Mark Koehn, Paxton, Neb.; four brothers: LaVern and wife Wilma, Lloyd and wife Gloria of Montezuma, Lester and wife Carlene of Torrington, Wyo., Garry and wife Shirley of Lexington; one sister Verda and husband Leon Jantz of Winton, Calif.; eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife Donnabelle.
Funeral services were held Nov. 26 at the Golden Plains Mennonite Church near Madrid.
Burial was in the Madrid Cemetery.
Bullock-Long Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be made to the Golden Plains Mennonite Church.