GOESSEL — Rudolph Herbert (Rudy) Schmidt passed away on Wednesday (Oct. 27, 2010) at his home in Goessel.
He was born on April 23, 1923, in Marion County to Jacob U. and Mary G. Hiebert Schmidt.
He was a farmer and dairyman from 1944 to 1986. He was a member of the Goessel Investment Club, Goessel Lion’s Club and the Tabor Mennonite Church in Goessel.
On Jan. 2, 1944, he married Luella R. Funk in Goessel. She passed away on Dec. 7, 1984.
Service was a very large part of Rudy’s life as he served on various boards and committees in the Goessel community and beyond. Rudy was active in forming the original Northview Opportunity School (Northview Developmental Service).
Other boards and organizations included a local milk hauling co-op board, Crossroads Credit Union credit committee, and he was an active member of the Tabor Mennonite Church, serving on various committees.
Rudy served on the Bethesda Home and Hospital board many years, some of which serving as the chairman.
Mennonite Central Committee also was an important organization to Rudy. He served as chairman of the Kansas MCC Sale for several years and served four years in MCC service following Luella’s death.
On Nov. 25, 1994, he married Nola K. Yeackley Kremer in Milford, Neb. She survives.
Other survivors include a son, Jim (Diana) Schmidt of Goessel; two daughters, Kathy Schmidt of Goessel and Mary (Todd) Ulsaker of McPherson; a stepson, Jerry (Marcy) Kremer of Seward, Neb.; a daughter-in-law, Jo-Ann Schmidt of Newton; a sister, Frieda (Orie) Voth of Goessel; a sister-in-law, Susie Schmidt of Goessel; eight grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and seven step-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a son, Fred; a stepson, Darrel Kremer; four brothers, Walter, Adolph, Bernhard, and Carl; and two sisters, Verna Flaming and Ruth Schmidt in infancy.
Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m., with the family present from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Miller-Ott Funeral Home in Goessel.
Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Tabor Mennonite Church in rural Goessel, with Pastor Corey Miller officiating. Cremation will follow the service.
In honor of his years of service, the family requests donations be made in lieu of flowers to Bethesda Home or Mennonite Central Committee in care of Miller-Ott Funeral Home, 303 E. Main St., Goessel, KS 67053.