Gerald Schmitz, Butte, Neb.Gerald M. Schmitz, 85, Butte, Neb., died Friday, July 30, 2010, at Golden Living Center, O’Neill, Neb.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Butte. Burial will be in the Catholic Cemetery, Butte.
Gerald M. Schmitz, 85, Butte, Neb., died Friday, July 30, 2010, at Golden Living Center, O’Neill, Neb.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Butte. Burial will be in the Catholic Cemetery, Butte. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at the church with a 7 p.m. prayer service. Visitation will resume one hour prior to the service Saturday at the church.
Arrangements are under the direction of Clausen Funeral Home, Burke
He was born on July 6, 1925, at Newman Grove, Neb., to Matthew and Paulina (Driefurst) Schmitz.
He joined the U.S. Navy on Jan. 20, 1945, and served during World War II.
He did basic training at Great Lakes, Ill., and then went to Naval Construction Training, Davisville, R.I., and from there was shipped out for his Pacific tour.
He went to the construction replacement depot at Camp Parks, Calif.
He was a motor machinist’s mate third class, SV6, USNR with the 116th and 21st Naval Construction Battalions.
He was honorably discharged on April 9, 1946.
He worked on Fort Randal Dam at Pickstown.
On April 3, 1948, he married Sarah Davis at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Naper, Neb.
They lived in Naper, where they owned and operated a produce station for 25 years.
He sold Moorman’s feed for more than 12 years and also sold cars for Wayne Galyen of Atkinson, Neb.
He was a member of Naper Volunteer Fire Department until he moved to Butte in 1975.
He also drove Naper school bus.
He was a member of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus Council No. 779, Huron; VFW Post No. 8256 of Naper and the American Legion Post No. 0051 of Butte.
He is survived by his wife, three children: Dennis and wife Julia, Huron; Barbara Nicolaus and husband Loren, Butte; and Kimberly Schonebaum and husband Jeff, Bonesteel; eight grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, three stepgrandchildren, three stepgreat-grandchildren, his twin brother, Harold, Shawnee, Kan.; two sisters: Margaret Honke, Butte; and Mary Fuhrer and husband Ray, Naper; and two sisters-in-law: Threasa Schmitz, O’Neill; and Delores Schmitz, Lynch, Neb.
He was preceded in death by an infant son, Myron James; an infant grandson, his parents, two brothers: Joe and Edward; and four sisters: Regina Zeitner, Rose Warmen, Frances Whitley and Theola Fuhrer.
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