Rev. Donald Schmidt
Rev. Don Schmidt, 51, of New Canton, Ohio, formerly of Quincy, died
Wednesday (January 5, l972) at 5:00 p.m. in Community Hospital in Salem,
Mr. Schmidt was Association
Minister of the Eastern Ohio Association of the United Church of Christ
and had served as Assistant Conference Minister of the Minnesota Conference
of the church. He was ordained December 26, 1954, in Salem Evangelical
and Reformed Church in Quincy by the Rev.
R. M. Schroedel.
Mr. Schmidt was born November
24, l920, in Des Moines, Iowa, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert B. Schmidt
and moved to Quincy in 1921. He graduated from Quincy Senior High School
in 1939 and entered Eden Theological Seminary in St. Louis in 1951.
He served in the Navy during World War II and before entering the ministry
was employed by State Theater and operated Don's Teen Town. He was also
Youth Director at Salem for three years.
He married Erma A. Richardson
January 19, 1940. He served as student pastor of the Ursa-Fowler charge
in Adams County from 1951 until his ordination and continued as full-time
pastor of Zion Church in Ursa and St. Paul in Fowler following his ordination.
A new church was constructed in Ursa and an educational building in
Fowler during his pastorate.
While serving the Ursa and Fowler
pastorates, Mr. Schmidt was instrumental in purchasing the lodge home
north of Ursa from Mr. and Mrs. Russell Shriver of Ursa for a year-round
church campground. The project, originally undertaken by eight county
churches, became the Ursa Retreat House. It was later sponsored by the
Adams County Council of Churches. The project received support of the
Moorman Foundation and has served groups of all ages in the entire community.
In 1957, Mr. Schmidt accepted
a call to the pastorate of St. Paul Evangelical and Reformed Church
in Duluth, Minnesota, where there was a need for a new church building.
He became Assistant Conference Minister of the United Church of Christ
in Minnesota in 1965.
Surviving are the widow; his
mother, Mrs. Herbert Schmidt of Good Samaritan Home; four sons, Jan,
Kim, Curt and Mark; a daughter, Lynn; and a brother, Russell Schmidt
Arrangements were handled by
Zehender-Robinson-Stormer Funeral Home.
Mr. Schmidt was on the Board of Homeland Ministries,
Associate Conference Minister of Eastern Ohio Association of the United
Church of Christ and Assistant Conference Minister of the Minnesota
Conference of the United Church of Christ. He served the Duluth, Minnesota
Peace Church for nine years and the Ursa, Fowler and Meyer churches
for six years.
Mr. Schmidt was a Past Grand Orator and Past Grand
Chaplain of Masonic Lodges in the state of Minnesota and Knight Commander
Court of Honor of the Minneapolis Consistory. He was a member of the
Masonic Lodge in Minneapolis, Minneapolis Consistory, Shrine of Duluth,
Minnesota, Royal Arch Masons of Duluth and Duluth Commandery.
He was also a member of the Duluth
Council of Royal and Select Masters, Pomona Grange of Ohio and Big Brothers.
Don Schmidt was the third minister to be interred in the Ministers'
Circle on January 10, 1972.
members buried wih Rev. Schmidt are his wife: Erma A. Richardson Schmidt
Harland born Sept 19, 1918 and died March 2, 2001 and two of their sons:
Kim Schmdit born Nov. 10, 1948 and died Jan. 23, 1988 and Mark Schmidt
born April 17, 1952 and died July 12, 1998.
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