OBITUARY: Marvin Schmidt

Marvin Schmidt was born to John J. and Anna (Schmidt) Schmidt on Feb. 22, 1930, in Alfalfa Co. Oklahoma near Goltry.

He passed away on Dec. 26, 2020, at the Halstead Health and Rehab, Halstead. reaching the age of 90 years.

Marvin’s childhood was spent in the Goltry and Jet, Okla., communities. It was here he received his formal eight years of education.

At the tender age of 14 years, he heard the call of God to salvation, and he answered. On April 27, 1944 he was baptized by Min. David J Koehn into the Church of God in Christ Mennonite, Goltry, Oklahoma.

In September of 1952, Marvin left for 1-W service in Roseburg, Oregon. Just over a year later he came home on a three-week vacation and was married to me, Betty Smith, on November 29, 1953, by Min. Norman Eicher, at Burns Kansas. Together we returned to Roseburg and completed just over another year of service. During this time, a daughter was born to us.

After 1-W service, we returned to make our home in the Burns community and were blessed with another daughter. Marvin spent his time in carpenter work, custom haying and harvesting, also working some years at the American Trailer factory in Newton, and at Hesston Corporation as a welder. He is remembered to be a particular person. He liked a place for everything and everything in its place.

Dad and Mom were active members of the church, spending ten years as janitors, also an enjoyable and very dedicated ten years as youth leaders. Dad will be remembered for his love of singing and memorizing songs. He shared openly his concern for his close family members spiritual welfare, often mentioning them in prayer. He left a clear testimony of being ready to go, leaving no question of his eternal salvation.

He is survived by his wife of sixty-seven years, Betty; two daughters, Gloria and Karl Koehn, Leland Mississippi, and Barbara and Steve Koehn, Newton, Kansas, seven grandchildren, fifteen great grandchildren, brother-in-law John and Norma Smith, five sisters-in-law, Irene Smith, Velma and Verlin Koehn, Vivian and Crist Swarey, Winnie Smith, Hope Becker, and two nieces, Denise Fox and Leslie Roberts and many other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, one sister, five brothers-in-law, and one sister-in-law.

Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 31, at Eden Mennonite Church in Burns.

Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Gospel Tract and Bible Society in care of Petersen Funeral Home.

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