Obituaries & Tributes

Lavern A. Schmidt – Sept. 22, 1926 – Jan. 22, 2020

Lavern A. Schmidt, 93, passed away on Jan. 22, 2020.
He was born Sept. 22, 1926 on a farm in Clarksville, Iowa, to parents Alfred and Minnie Schmidt.
Vern worked a man’s job from the age of 14. He married Patricia Bussey at Little Brown Church of Iowa. In the 1940s he moved to Creswell, built his own home and worked days at Cascade Handle factory. He was also able to run a small farm.
He was a member of Creswell Presbyterian Church for more than 50 years, and was a member of South Lane Cruisers. He enjoyed fishing in Odell Lake with Pat and could fix anything.
Family always came first to Vern, and he was loved by all who knew him.
Vern is survived by two brothers, Emil and Larry (Joyce) Schmidt; daughters Joan (Don) Fitzgerald and Carmen Ramsay; grandchildren Scott (Sherry) Fitzgerald, Connie (Steve) Marshall, Brenda (Bob) Alexander, Kelly Schmidt and Mike (Audrey) Schmidt; seven great-grandchildren; and six great-great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Pat and a son, Jim Schmidt.
A funeral will be held at 1 p.m. on Jan. 31, 2020 at Creswell Presbyterian Church. Viewing will be held 45 minutes before the service.
Arrangements entrusted to Musgrove Family Mortuary.



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