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Edward J. Schmidt, age 89 passed away Thursday, April 16, 2015 at American Lutheran Home in Menomonie.

Edward was born September 16, 1925 to Ernest and Elizabeth (Kluser) Schmidt in New Haven Township, Dunn County, Wisconsin. He enlisted in the army May 1945 and was honorably discharged Nov 1946. On September 13, 1950 Ed married Darlene Russell at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa.

Ed farmed for many years and retired from UW Stout. After retiring from farming in 1971 he worked as a custodian at UW Stout. He was a volunteer driver for DET in Menomonie for about 10 years. He loved to travel in his motorhome, fishing, and birdwatching.

Edward is survived by his wife Darlene; children, Susan (Vaughn) Hedlund, Randy (Martha), Nancy Schmidt (Rob), Lyndon (Melody); grandchildren, Nathan (Susan) Hedlund, Amber (Ryan) Benitz, Brianna Schmidt (Fiancé Robert Quasius), Abby Schmidt (Luke Rhinesmith), Brandon Scholl, Shonda (Don Nelson), Josh (Leslie) Schmidt, Jesse (Kessia) Schmidt, Tuesday Schmidt, (Fiancé Landon Trawicki), Tanya Schmidt (Kendal Nilson); great grandchildren, Saul, Leo, Ryker, Lexton, Ashley, Tristan, Kendra, Logan, Peightyn, Kaleb; great-great grandchild Kyle; brother Jim (Irene) Schmidt; sisters, Deda Delano, Elsie Miller and June (Ron) Schleiss; sisters-in-law, Erleen Schmidt and Kathy (Al) Burmaster.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister Angeline Good, brothers Ervin, John & Jerry, brothers-in-law, Jay Delano and Rich Miller.

Funeral Services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, April 20th, 2015 at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie with Pastor Brad Peterson officiating. Burial will be at West Akers Cemetery, Twp., New Haven, Dunn Co., with military honors. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Olson Funeral Home of Menomonie is serving the family.

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