Kenneth R. Schmitz, 86, of Denver, Iowa, died on Wednesday, September 13, 2017, at UnityPoint Health-Allen Hospital in Waterloo.
Ken was born on July 28, 1931, in Waterloo, Iowa, the son of Lawrence and Susan (Delagardelle) Schmitz. Ken attended St. Mary’s Catholic School in Waterloo and graduated in 1948. He served in the United States Army for two years. He was united in marriage to Alma Ann Welter on April 23, 1956 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Gilbertville. Ken was a lifelong farmer. Ken and Alma farmed until retiring in 1993. He continued farming alongside his son until 2016.
Ken was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Catholic Order of Foresters, Acker-Matthias American Legion Post #653 of Denver, and served on the board of the Dunkerton Co-Op. In his spare time, he enjoyed golfing, bowling, fishing, playing cards and going to the casino.
Ken is survived by his wife, Alma; a son, Mark Schmitz of Manchester, Tennessee; a daughter, Sandra (Bill) Berry of Kentwood, Michigan; a daughter, Lynne (Rick) Kipp of Sioux City; and a son, Joseph (Julie) Schmitz of Waterloo; ten grandchildren, Tate, Tyler, Stephanie, Chris, Adam, Samantha, Lauren, Claire, Katelyn, and Christian, a great-grandchild, Braxxton and another on the way; his sisters-in-law and his brothers-in-law, Rita Schmitz of Sumner; Ralph (Jean) Welter of Jesup; Jean Fischels of Waterloo; Leo Delagardelle of Gilbertville; Margie Guild of Waterloo; Lloyd (Shirley) Welter of Gilbertville; Linda (Jim) Hughes of Independence. He was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter, Julie; his step-mother, Josepha DeJaeger, a brother, Harold Schmitz; two sisters, Marlys Schares and Margie Kirchoff; and two sisters-in-law, Bernice Schmitz and Irma Delagardelle.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, September 18, 2017, at Blessed Sacrament Church in Waterloo with Rev. Thomas J. McDermott officiating. Burial will be held in Mount Olivet Cemetery in Waterloo. Military Rites at the grave will be conducted by the Acker-Matthias American Legion Post #653 of Denver. Visitation will be held on Sunday at the Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home in Denver where there will be a scripture service at 2:30 p.m. followed by a visitation from 3:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. Visitation will also be held for one hour prior to services on Monday at the church. Memorials may be directed to Blessed Sacrament Church or to the Denver Sunset Home
Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home in Denver is assisting the family. 319-984-5379
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