January 14, 2018
- 7:00 PM
January 14, 2018
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
January 15, 2018
- 11:00 AM
January 15, 2018
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
M. Donald Schmit, formerly of Kindred, died on January 8, 2018 in Elim Care Center, Fargo.
Michael Donald (Don) Schmit, 93, was born to Arthur and Cunegundes “Connie” (Esser) Schmit in Casselton, ND. Don grew up and attended school in Casselton. He worked on his Grandpa and Grandma Esser’s farm near Casselton for a number of years, then at the Armour Packing Company in West Fargo. Don entered the U.S. Navy on June 11, 1943, and was transported to Hawaii on the USS Yorktown. He served as a Motor Mechanic II, first on Canton Island in the South Pacific then at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, where he drove a semi fuel tanker. Don was discharged Thanksgiving Day 1945, and returned to his home in Casselton and his job at Armour. Two years later, Don got a job with Northwestern Bell where he met his future wife, Lois Dahlen. Don and Lois were married at Lois’ parents’ home in Kindred on September 17, 1950, and resided in Casselton. Shortly thereafter, Don was made manager of the “Bell” office in Kindred where they made their home and raised their five children. Don retired after 35 years of service with “Bell”.
Don was a charter member of the Kindred Wildlife Club, Kindred Lions, Kindred American Legion, President of the Kindred Chamber of Commerce, Kindred City Council Alderman and Park Board, an original stockholder of the Leonard Golf Club, Treasurer of Norman Lutheran Church for several years, and assisted with the annual fireworks display in Kindred.
Don’s interests included gardening, woodworking, traveling, fishing, and attending their children and grandchildren’s events with Lois. For many years, they enjoyed going dancing with their friends. Don and Lois loved to “go for a ride” without any real destination, but usually found a casino along the way. Lois passed away in July of 2010 and Don then lived with their daughter Diane and her family, the N.D. Veterans Home in Lisbon, and for the past year, was a resident of Elim Care Center in Fargo where he received excellent care. Don was very proud of his family, his community, and his country.
He is survived by his five children: Diane (Neil) Dockter, Horace, and their children: Tracy (Deano) Handt: Todd, Jaxon, Sydney, Marina; John (Rachel) Myhre: Augustus, Ember; Brad (Amy) Dockter: Isaac, Joshua, Samuel, Hannah; Avery (Danielle) Dockter; Kristin (Bob) Wollschlager: Andie, Zoey, Mike (Marty) Schmit, Davenport: Joey (Emma) Schmit: Tilda and Rowan, Pat Schmit, Davenport: Connie (Jacob) Mahowald; Katie, Kristie and Kellie Schmit, Kathy (Dennis) Sumption, Kindred; Kayla (Kortney) Kirkeby; Kari (Ryan) Hage: Jack; Kelsey (Brent) Plante: Beckett, Jon (Michelle) Schmit, Marshall, MN; Emily (Derek) Giles: Thorne, Taegan, Jasper; Sara (Matthew) Runck: Ana Rosie; Rose Schmit.
Don was preceded in death by his wife, parents, and siblings: Edna Mae Knutson, Dorothea Kemmer, and Richard Schmit; his daughter-in-law Vicki Schmit, and great grandson Michael Handt.
A prayer service will be held at 7:00 PM on Sunday, January 14, 2018 at Fredrikson-Boulger Funeral Chapel in Kindred, with visitation beginning at 5:00 PM. The funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Monday, January 15 at Norman Lutheran Church in rural Kindred, ND with visitation beginning at 10:00 AM.
The family requests memorials be directed to the N.D. Veterans Home in Lisbon.