Garth Edmund Schmidt


REED CITY — Garth Edmund Schmidt, 94, of Reed City, passed away quietly surrounded by his family on Thursday, June 6, 2013, at his ancestral family farm.

He was born on Aug. 3, 1918, on the family homestead to Arthur Schmidt and Daisy Grill, attended Reed City High School and graduated in 1937. He was raised by his father, grandmother Matilda Schmidt, and step-mother Dora (Jehnzen) Schmidt after his mother’s passing at a young age.

He actively farmed the 1863 sesquicentennial family homestead all of his life and in recent years was joined by his grandson Matthew who continues the family tradition. He raised registered shorthorn beef cattle and later had a dairy herd until his retirement in 1983.

On Dec. 5, 1948, he was married in St. Paul Lutheran Church of Reed City to Elvera Gaedcke who passed away in 2009. He was a lifetime member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church, a lifetime member of the Osceola County Farm Bureau, active in the Chat and Chew Community Farm Bureau Group, and, in his farming years, active in the Osceola County Soil Conservation.

He is survied by his daughter, Jalayne (James) Markey, of Big Rapids; grandchildren, Kylene (Derrick) Nix-Bookwalter, of Reed City, and Matthew (Jesse) Nix, of Reed City; step-grandchildren, Jill Markey, of Atlanta, and Nathan (Kelly) Markey, of Richmond, Va.; great-grandchildren, Lydia Bookwalter, Anya Markey, and Lee Nix; and many close nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Daisy Schmidt; step-mother, Dora Schmidt; wife, Elvera Schmidt; siblings, Dwight Schmidt and Marilyn Burkart; daughter and son-in-law, Diane and Roger Nix; and son-in-law, James Schneider.

Funeral services were 11 a.m. on Monday, June 10, 2013, at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Reed City with the Rev. Dawn Pooley officiating. Burial will be at Woodland Cemetery in Reed City.The family asks that donations be made in his name to either the St. Paul Lutheran Church, the Osceola County Commission on Aging, or to Hospice of Michigan.

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