William A. Schmidt, Sr. passed away at his home in Glasgow November 16, 2009 after a battle with cancer. He was 76 years of age.
Mr. Schmidt was born September 30, 1933 in Marshall, MO to Carl George and Mary Helen (Briggs) Schmidt. He graduated from Marshall High School in 1951 and served in the U.S. Marines from 1954 to 1956 during the Korean conflict. Bill married Shirley Leimkuehler March 19, 1960 at Slater Methodist Church. Bill farmed most of his life in Saline and Chariton Counties. He was a member of the Marshall First Christian Church. He attended the Glasgow United Methodist Church where he was a faithful superintendent every Sunday morning. He was also an usher, youth director and nursery school attendant for a number of years. Mr. Schmidt showed his community spirit by serving on the Glasgow School Board, Historical Society, Chariton County Ambulance District, Chariton Township Road District Boards and he also served as a 4-H leader.
Bill is survived by his wife, Shirley of 49 years, two sons, William, Jr. and wife Cheryl of Glasgow and Robert and wife Nancy of Carrollton, daughter, Lora and husband John Horton of Kendall, KS, nine grandchildren; Tiffany (Jesse) Swanson, Kimberly (Ray) Westhues, David (Jenny) Schmidt, Sally and Ruby Schmidt and Caitlyn, Rachel, Mallory and Ethan Horton, four great-grandchildren, Alan and A.J. Westhues and Tristan and Aiden Swanson, two sisters, Roberta Edwards of Keytesville and Florence Waddell of McKinney, TX. Besides his parents, Bill was preceded in death by two brothers, Fredrick Briggs and Carl Theodore Schmidt.
Funeral services were at 1 PM Thursday, November 19, 2009 at Friemonth-Freese Funeral Home in Glasgow with Revs. James and Jane Crooks officiating. Visitation was from 4 PM to 8 PM, Wednesday November 18 at the funeral home. Burial with military honors was held at Ridge Park Cemetery in Marshall with Jim and Steve Edwards, Jesse Swanson, Ray Westhues, David Schmidt and Ethan Horton serving as pallbearers. Honorary Pallbearers were Tiffany, Kimberly, Sally, Ruby, Jenny, Caitlyn, Rachel and Mallory.
Memorials are suggested to the Glasgow United Methodist Church in care of Friemonth-Freese Funeral Service, 122 Market St., Glasgow, MO 65254.
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