Arnold "Arnie" Henry Schmidt was born to Gotlieb Henry and Gladys (Volden) Schmidt on May 24, 1925, in Desoto, Wisconsin. He was baptized and confirmed at the Bad Axe Lutheran Church, and graduated from Viroqua high school. He met his future wife Martha Marie Stegne at a Luther League conference and were later married in Viroqua, Wisconsin on February 5, 1947. Arnie served his country honorably as a Merchant Marine during World War II. He started his career at Dairyland Power in Genoa, Wisconsin and was transferred to the new plant in Cassville in 1951. Arnie built their beautiful home and landscaped the surrounding area with fish ponds, rock, flower and vegetable gardens for family & friends enjoy. He crafted and designed beautiful wood projects for his family and friends. Arnie was devoted to his family and friends who sought out his wisdom, insights and talents. He was a Cassville volunteer fire fighter and was a member of the Cassville St. Peter's Lutheran Church where he served in many capacities. Arnie was proud of his Swiss/Norwegian heritage. Arnie will be dearly missed by his family and friends who loved to visit with him and share a story or two.
Arnie and Martha were blessed with four children: Jerry, John (Wynn), and their two sons: Zack (Kellie) Schmidt, Sam (Jess) Schmidt, of the St. Paul MN area; Melanie (Joe) Reynolds and their children, Jeannie (Kevin) Udelhofen, their two sons: Logan and Jase; Joey Reynolds and his two children: Alex and Lily; Jenny Udelhofen and her two daughters: Abriana and Andraya Errthum, all of the Potosi area and Annette Schmidt of Benton, WI.
He is also survived by his two sisters: Madonna (Richard) Tinker of Cherokee, and Rebecca (Jim) Larson, Viroqua, Wisconsin, and their children.
Preceding him in death was his wife Martha; his sister Yvonne; his son Jerry; his parents; a brother-in-law, Richard Tinker; several in-laws;and many aunts and uncles.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, July 6, 2012, at Martin Funeral Home in Cassville at 1 p.m., with Pamela Strakeljahn officiating. Burial with military honors will be held in Cassville Cemetery, Cassville. Family and friends may call on Friday from 9 a.m. until time of services at Martin Funeral Home in Cassville. Memorials are preferred to the Southwest Opportunity Center of Lancaster, the St. Peter Lutheran Church of Cassville, the Cassville Fire & Rescue, or a charity of your choice.
Online condolences may be sent to www.martinschwartzfuneralhomes.com.