Kenneth "Ken" A. Schmidt, 85, of Elgin, died Friday, Nov. 29, 2019, at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester, surrounded by his loving family.
Ken was born Jan. 16, 1934, in Rochester to Arthur and Inez (Weiland) Schmidt. He graduated from Elgin High School in 1951. Ken farmed a few years with his father and then joined the Army, serving from 1954-1956.
On June 16, 1956, he married Mona Sawyer at the Methodist Church in Elgin. They farmed west of Elgin, retiring in 1996. In retirement, he and Mona traveled and wintered in Arizona.
He enjoyed gardening and all types of music. While still in high school, Ken played in the Jolly Bohemians Band until joining the Army.
He is survived by his wife, Mona of Elgin; children, Marie (Gary) Lipp and Diane Schmidt, both of Rochester, Steven (Vicki) Schmidt of Elgin, and Thomas (Beth) Schmidt of Stewartville; eight grandchildren, Justin (Alaina) Lipp, Alyssa (Dustin) Lipp, Joanna (Todd) Hite, Joshua (Lauren) Schmidt, Stephanie Schmidt, Trevor (Ari) Schmidt, Caleb (Alyssa) Schmidt and Colton Schmidt; two great-granddaughters, Margot Lipp and Emmaline Schmidt; and a sister, Verna Petty of Champlin, Minn.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother-in-law.
Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, at Peace United Methodist Church between Plainview and Elgin with the Rev. Cheryl Nymann officiating. Burial will be at the Elgin Cemetery. Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Tuesday at Schad & Zabel Funeral Home in Plainview and one hour prior to the service Wednesday at the church.
A special thank you to Dr. Fletcher "Buzz" Miller, cardiologist and friend for 37 years. Also thanks to the Visiting Angels caregivers (especially Kathryn) for the last seven months, as well as the Joseph 3B nursing staff and Med 3 medical team at Saint Marys.
In lieu of flowers, memorials to heart or cancer research, or Peace United Methodist Church, are preferred.