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Delbert H Schmidt
Dec. 13, 1930 - July 20, 2018
New Holstein, WI
Funeral Service:
Friday, July 27, 2018
6:00 pm
Trinity Lutheran Church
387 Cemetery Road
Kiel, WI 53042
Funeral Visitation:
Friday, July 27, 2018
4:00 pm - 5:45 pm
Trinity Lutheran Church
387 Cemetery Road
Kiel, WI 53042
Delbert H Schmidt
New Holstein, WI

Delbert H. Schmidt, 87, of New Holstein, WI, passed away peacefully at Manitowoc Health and Rehabilitation Center on July 20, 2018. 

Delbert was born in Charlestown to the late Martin and Leona (Mathes) Schmidt on December 13, 1930. It was here where he learned the art of gardening, a practice he lovingly maintained throughout the rest of his life.

Delbert served his country during the Korean War, fighting with the 40th Infantry Division and was one of the few brave survivors of the Battle of Heartbreak Ridge. He earned a Korean Service Medal, two Bronze Campaign Stars, a United Nations Service Medal, and one Over-Seas Bar. Delbert was honorably discharged from the service on July 17, 1953. 

After he returned home, Delbert met the love of his life, Joan (Knox), at the Franklin Haus in Franklin. Delbert later recounted that he knew he would marry Joan during their second date. On September 9, 1961, Delbert and Joan were wed at Trinity Lutheran Church in Rantoul. 

Delbert worked at Carnation Company in Chilton for 24 years. He also worked at the Inter-Community Incinerator in Elkhart Lake and Wilderness Log Homes, Inc. in Plymouth. He was a member of the American Legion for many years and also served as 6th District Legislative Chairman from 2002-2003. He was also a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Kiel. Ever strong in his faith, Delbert loved his Lord. He regularly attended church services, proudly singing hymns of praise he held dear to his heart. Delbert enjoyed gardening, sitting on his deck, and being surrounded by his family and friends. He will be dearly missed. 

Survivors include his wife, Joan; his daughters: Diane (Greg) Drew of Appleton, Brenda (Dwayne) Beckmann of Kiel, and Jennifer (Allen) Lisowe of Two Rivers; seven grandchildren: Jonathan Folsom, Brittany and Ramsey Beckmann, Quinten, A.J., Cade, and Skyler Lisowe; sisters-in-law: Loa Ann Schmidt, LaVerne Schmidt, Patricia Mercer, and Sharon Miller. He is further survived by his brother and sister: Richard (Audrey) Schmidt and Eileen (Glen) Beers. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers and sisters: Ronald Schmidt, Harvey Schmidt, Martin Schmidt, and Darlene Koehler. He is further survived by nieces, nephews, family and friends. 

The family will receive relatives and friends on Friday, July 27, 2018 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Kiel from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm, directly followed by a funeral service. After the service, all are welcome to share a meal with the family to celebrate Delbert’s life. The family would like to extend their sincere gratitude to Manitowoc Health and Rehabilitation Center, as well as Heartland Hospice for their care and compassion. 

In lieu of flower arrangements, a memorial fund has been established for Lutheran Hour Ministries.
Dad was more than just a father to me; he was my friend and my hero. I always admired and had a great deal of respect for him . My dad was a wonderful father, husband, brother, grandfather, and friend to many people.

My Dad was a religious man and instilled into us the importance of faith and being involved in church. As a family, we went to Sunday school and had devotions at the kitchen table when we were young. Faith was one of the first things that bound our family together. Once, when I was still living at home, Dad asked me to help pave the driveway. It was a difficult task, but looking back, I'm grateful I shared that experience with him. You see, Dad was always working on one house project or another. One of the ways I was able to spend time with him was helping him with projects around the house. He taught me the value of a hard day's work, and how to share that with others.

One day, Dad noticed his neighbor, Al, siding his house, so Dad went over to help. The favor was returned when my parents put in new flooring. That kindness born from a willingness to help forged a friendship that lasted a lifetime.

Now anyone who knew my Dad can attest to his somewhat stubborn nature. A trait which did not lessen when he went to stay at the Manitowoc Health and Rehabilitation Center in Manitowoc. About two years ago, Dad wanted to drive around the neighborhood he grew up. So, my Mom and I took Dad out for a drive around the Rantoul area. Unfortunately, it had rained a lot and marshlands had flooded, completely covering the road. Mom was driving, and I was in the back, but I could hear Mom asking Dad if she should continue driving. It was at this point that I realized we could no longer see the road. I told Mom to turn around, but Dad interjected saying, "No, keep going."

Then I looked down at the floor and I saw water coming into the van. So, now I'm panicking. I shouted for Mom to back up. Dad yelled over me, telling Mom to keep going. I then added that the van was starting to fill up with water. But Dad disagreed. Apparently, when he was young, the marsh used to flood all the time, and he would just drive through it with his tractor.

Well thank goodness my mom listened to me and decided to turn around. We laugh about it now, but at the time is was scary.

Dad loved to tell jokes and make people laugh. Over the past few years, Dad was diagnosed with many health issues, but he accepted each diagnosis and maintained his positive attitude.

When I was leaving the nursing home this past week, one of the residents approached me. Her and her best friend's birthdays had been last week, and Dad had wheeled himself over by them to sing Happy Birthday.

"It was so kind of your Dad to do that," she told me. He was always so friendly at the nursing home, making sure he said hi to everyone that passed by.

I will never forget the time we spent together. His sense of humor, positivity, wisdom, and work ethic. He passed these traits on to me, and for that I am forever grateful. This past week has been hard for my mom, sisters, and me. However, in times like this, I think Norman Peale said it best:

"The way to happiness: keep your heart free from hate, your mind from worry. Live simply, expect little, give much. Fill your life with love. Scatter sunshine. Forget self, think of others. Do as you would be done by.
--Norman Vincent Peale, The Power of Positive Thinking

I was very blessed to have a loving relationship with my Dad, and because of this, our last words to each other were "I love you."

I Love You, Dad. I will miss you dearly, and you will remain in my heart forever.

Brenda Beckmann (Daughter) - Aug. 5, 2018


I will always appreciate the times we worked around the house together, helped fix my bike, and went fishing are among my favorite memories.

Jonathan Folsom (Grandson) - Aug. 4, 2018


Dad I miss and love you very much.

A Eulogy for My Father

Looking out I see many family and friends. It is such a healing gift to be surrounded by your love. Thank you, for coming. Many shared with us that my father holds a special place in your heart.
Your friendship allows us to know that my father will be nearby because of the memories stored within you. Please share them with us now and in the years to come.
During the last few years of my dad’s life he faced many challenges, that he bared with such grace.… My dad showed me courage, he showed me that he could endure much pain and hardship and still find so much joy in life. His primary concern was for his wife, children, and grandchildren’s well-being. If we were flourishing, then so was he. My father demonstrated to us what it meant to be self-less and where true happiness is found.
Beginning with our childhood, just one of the many ways my father showed he cared, was by building us a playhouse. He built it himself, by hand. Our playhouse brought many years of happy childhood memories, not just for his own children, but also for the children in our neighbourhood. The playhouse was a magical place that transformed, in our imaginations, where it would become a game room, a schoolhouse, or a library, or a church, or a club house.
Our father took us fishing and taught us how to bait a hook. He loved to treat his children, and then his grandchildren, to ice cream treats, from Dairy Queen.
He liked to help others and was often generous with his time. For many years, following a snow storm, he would drive his small plow and clear out not only his driveway and sidewalks, but those of his neighbor’s, as well.
Our dad was a proud member of his local American Legion where he found fellowship with other veterans. He also gained comfort, thru his faith in God.
Our father was known for his dry sense of humor. Just this past May we went fishing with our dad. When we brought dad back, a nurse asked if he caught some fish. “No”, he responded, “No one caught a fish.” Then nurse said “Oh, that’s not good!” My father quickly replied: “Well, it was good for the fish.”
Our dad had a rich and a giving life. I only hope I can be so strong…that I can be as generous and courageous in my life, as he was in his abundant love for life and family.
My mother will miss having her best friend by her side. He will be missed by his family and all those who loved him. Our¬ father’s presence will continue in our lives, through our shared stories with the many memories, that will continue to be held close to our hearts.
Our family is the way it is because of my father’s love and strength. It is a legacy that cannot be taken, even in death.

Diane Drew (Daughter) - July 29, 2018


I always loved your smile Grandpa. ❤

Skyler lisowe (Granddaughter) - July 26, 2018


To the entire Schmidt family my sincere sympathy. Del was one of a kind. He was fortunate to have such a loving and attentive family while residing in the nursing home. May your memories make this sorrow easier to bear.

Mary (RN) - July 24, 2018


Our deepest sympathy.

Art & Janice Pagel (Cousin) - July 23, 2018


Richard & Audrey, we are soo sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Jerry & Donna Mallmann (Relative of Audrey) - July 22, 2018


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