GREAT BEND — Harold Joseph Schmidt, passed away June 25, 2018, at the age of 93, while at Via Christi Village, Hays.
Harold was born in Catherine, Kansas June 15, 1925, to John and Anna (Schuetz) Schmidt. He married Elenora Monica Pfeifer in Liebenthal, Kansas August 23, 1948. They started their married life in Hays and then moved to Great Bend.
He worked in the oil field business for Mid-Continent L.P. Service, which took them to Pratt, for several years, until they settled back in Great Bend in 1967, where they retired together. After more than 45 years of service as a transport-driver and bob-tail driver delivering L.P. gas to the surrounding counties residents and farms, he continued working part-time until the age of 76. During this time, he developed relationships and made friends with his customers.
Harold devoted his life to the Catholic Church as a lay minister for the Prince of Peace Parish at St. Rose of Lima Church. He was a Grand Knight in the Knights of Columbus. He was especially dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary; as a member of The Blue Army he gave presentations over the air, spreading the word and understanding of Our Lady of Fatima and the miracles Our Lady of Lourdes.
Survivors include a son and daughter — Richard Harold Schmidt and wife Kathy, Hays; and Aileen Frances Bailey and husband Kevin, Leavenworth; a sister, Laurita (Schmidt) Karlin, Hays; five grandchildren, David and wife Regina Schmidt, Lake Ozark, Mo.; Kendall Lang and wife Michelle, Great Bend; Michael Schmidt and wife Julie, Aurora, Colo.; Stephanie (Lang) and husband T.J. Herzog, Liberty, Mo.; and Brandy (Schmidt) and husband Bret Jackson, Denton, Texas; nine great-grandchildren — Sheldon Schmidt, Harrison Jackson, Garrett Schmidt, Brandon Jackson, Landon Schmidt, Madison Jackson, Kennedy Schmidt, Mikalya Lang and Monica Lang.
Harold was preceded in death by his wife Elenora Monica (Pfeifer) Schmidt; a daughter, Janice Marie (Schmidt) Lang; nine siblings, his brothers and sisters, Norbert, Edgar, William, Francis and Robert and Alexia Sander; his half-sisters, Angela (Rohr), Clara and Florine Froelich; as well as, a great-grandson, Zachary Lang.
Visitation will be from 1 to 9 p.m. Friday, June 29, 2018, with vigil service at 7 p.m. at Bryant Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, June 30, 2018 at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church with Father Don Bedore presiding. Interment will follow at the Great Bend Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Prince of Peace Parish, in care of Bryant Funeral Home.
Condolences may be sent and notice viewed at www.bryantfh.net.
Funeral arrangements provided by
Bryant Funeral Home
1425 Patton Road
Great Bend, KS, 67530
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, June 27, 2018