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The Kansan - Newton, KS
  • Obituary: Alfred Rudolph Schmidt

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  • BUHLER — Alfred Rudolph Schmidt, 78, passed away on Oct. 25, 2012, at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center, Hutchinson. He was born on Jan. 23, 1934, to Alvin and Mary Isaak Schmidt in Little River Township, Reno County. He received his education at Lily Dale School and graduated from Buhler High School in 1952. Upon confession of faith, he was baptized and belonged to the Buhler Mennonite Church. He worked for Ediger Brothers Construction, Jayhawk Construction and 26 years for Dillons In-Store Services. He had served as a Buhler volunteer fireman, loved fishing, antique tractors, especially Allis-Chalmers, and antique tractor pulling. He belonged to the Great Plains Tractor Club and sang with the Kansas Mennonite Men’s Chorus. He did saw sharpening. He married Mary Mae Fast on Oct. 15, 1955, at Mountain Lake, Minn. They were married for 57 years and had one son, Kenneth Duane. He is survived by his wife, Mary of Buhler; son, Kenneth (Cindy) Schmidt of Hutchinson; two granddaughters, Jessica (Cory) Vaile and Misty Schmidt; two great-grandsons, Christian and Conner Vaile; one stepgrandson, Ryan (Chelsey) Penner of Hutchinson; and one stepgreat-grandson, Aiden Penner; one sister, Rosa (Milton) Haugsness of Buhler; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Betty Epp; and one brother, Orlando Schmidt. Friends may call from 2 to 6 p.m., with the family present from 2 to 4 p.m., Sunday (Oct. 28, 2012) at Buhler Mortuary. Memorial service will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday (Oct. 29, 2012) at Buhler Mennonite Church, with Pastor Bob Dalke officiating. Memorials may be sent to either the Kansas Mennonite Men’s Chorus or Great Plains Antique Tractor Club, in care of Buhler Mortuary, 120 N. Main St., Buhler, KS 67522. 
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