Martin Schmidt

Martin Walther Schmidt, 90, of rural Minden passed away on Tuesday, April 7, 2020 at his home.

Martin was born on Nov. 9, 1929 in Minden to Ludwig and Agnes (Keller) Schmidt. 

He grew up in Minden and graduated from Minden High School with the Class of 1947.

Martin faithfully served his country in the United States Army from 1951 until his honorable discharge in 1953.

He was united in marriage to Marcele D. Von Behren on May 24, 1952 in Flushing, N.Y., and to this union one son, Timothy was born. The family made their home in Minden where Martin farmed for many years.

Martin was a member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Minden, served as president of the Minden Rural Fire Board for 20 years, and was the president of the Farmers Cooperative Grain and Supply in Minden. Martin also had a profound love for collecting and restoring antique John Deere tractors.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Marcie Schmidt of Minden; son, Tim Mark Schmidt of Minden; and a host of nieces, nephews, extended relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ludwig and Agnes Schmidt.

Private family funeral services were held at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Minden with the Rev. Christopher Hazzard officiating. 

Private family interment was held at Minden Cemetery. 

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Memorials in Martin’s honor are kindly suggested to the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Minden.

Craig Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.