Obituary: Gerald ‘Red’ Schmidt

Gerald ?Red? Schmidt, 87, passed away peacefully on Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016, at the home of his son and wife, Doug and Mercedes Schmidt, in Hilton Head Island, S.C. Death was due to complications from heart disease.

Gerald was a member of the Bethel College Mennonite Church in North Newton. An inurnment service will be planned for a later date.

Red was owner and operator of Newton Concrete Products and was instrumental in the provision of material and manpower for construction of the interstate highway in the state of Kansas for over three decades.

Preceding Red in death were his parents; his wife Irva Lavonne; five brothers, Dr. Herbert Schmidt, Orlando Schmidt, Dr. John Schmidt, Dr. Alfred Schmidt and Raymond Schmidt; four sisters, Frieda Banman, Wilma Unruh, Elisabeth Stretch and Irene Janzen; and a daughter-in-law, Jan (Lanier) Schmidt.

Survivors include a brother, Herman Schmidt, 98, of Reno, Nev.; two sons, Donavon Schmidt and Douglas (Mercedes) Schmidt of Hilton Head Island, S.C.; grandchildren Donavon Schmidt Jr., and Aggie (Chad) Lawson, all of Hilton Head Island; and Athina Schmidt of New York City; two great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Memorials are suggested to ?Litter Box of Hilton Head Island? or the Mennonite Heritage & Agricultural Museum, 200 N. Poplar, Goessel, Kansas ?67053.schmidt color photo schmidt color photo

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