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Donald G. Schmider

Donald G.


Donald G. Schmider, age 86 a lifelong resident of Park Rapids, passed away Friday October 20, 2017 at the Essentia Health Medical Center, Fargo, ND. He was baptized and confirmed at St. John's Lutheran Church. After his high school graduation he was activated with the national guard during the Korean War to Camp Rucker, AL on December 26, 1950 and went in to M.I school at Ft Riley, Kansas for a major course in Intelligent Analyst. He was discharged October 14, 1952. Soon after, his future work career was well established at Schmider's Confectionary from 1952 until his retirement in 1993.

He was united in marriage to Joanne Elizabeth Burns in 1954. His daughters' Joni and Julia, two granddaughters, Sammone and Mariah, great grandson Rhyzen, and great granddaughter Arayah to arrive in December. He was a lifetime member of the American Legion and had a passion for hunting, fishing, bowling, snowmobiling, ping pong, basketball, and singing "Barber Shop" and harmonizing.

He looked forward to spending time with friends in Canada and also at the hunting camp. There were days on the patio having great conversation with family and friends until wee hours. He was quick to a joke and to light up a smoke and tip one back. Don had a great run. A private memorial service was held, followed by a celebration of life at his home.