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5/14/2013 2:01:00 PM Email this articlePrint this article 
Gerald Schmidt
Gerald Schmidt
Gerald P. Schmidt, 87, of Preston, died on Thursday, May 9, 2013, at the Maquo-keta Care Center, Maquoketa.

A funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 14, 2013, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Preston, with Father Don Hertges as Celebrant. Burial took place in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Preston. Military rites were accorded by the Preston American Legion. A Rosary service was held at 3:30 p.m., prior to the visitation at the church. A visitation was also from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Monday, May 13, 2013 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Preston. A Scripture Wake service was held at 7:00 p.m., following the visitation. A memorial fund has been established in Gerald's memory. Online condolences and tributes may be left for the family at www.lawjonesfuneralhome.com.

Gerald was born Aug. 13, 1925, the son of John and Catherine (Tebbe) Schmidt, in rural Springbrook. He attended Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic School, Springbrook. He proudly served his country in the United States Navy from 1943-1946. Ger-ald worked for Clinton Engines for 12 years. After which, he spent his time doing side jobs on local farms, and worked for the city of Preston until his retirement in 1990.

Gerald married Mary Ann McDonald May 28, 1955. He was a member of the Preston American Legion and the Knights of Columbus. He enjoyed watching base-ball, and was an avid Cubs and Hawkeyes fan.

Gerald will be dearly missed by his wife, Mary Ann, of Maquoketa; one son, Greg Schmidt of DeWitt; three grandchil-dren, Kaitlin, Adam and Nick of DeWitt; four sisters, Maryetta (Larry) Lampe of Bellevue, Pat (Verlyn) Trenkamp of Oma-ha, Neb. and Charlene Grotheus of Olatha, Kan.; six brothers, Lenard (Shirley) Schmidt of Woodburn, Ore., Vincent (Anita) Schmidt of Bellevue, Vitus Schmidt of Elk Grove, Neb., Levi (Vera) Schmidt of Maquoketa, David (Audrey) Schmidt of Baldwin, and Tommy (Lee) Schmidt of Florida.

Gerald was preceded in death by his parents; six brothers, Eddie, Harold, Her-bert, Ronnie, Jimmy and Jude Schmidt; and four sisters, Dorothy Ziemet, Margaret Rubel, Marcella Schmidt and Katherine Groves.

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