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Royal Schmidt

ROSLYN- Royal Schmidt, 78 of Roslyn died on Monday, June 22, 2009 at Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls. His funeral will be at 10:30 A.M. Friday, June 26, 2009 at Fron Lutheran Church near Roslyn. Janet Johnson will officiate. Burial with military honors by the Rudolph Baukol Post 253 will be at the church cemetery. Visitation will be at Fiksdal Funeral Service (fiksdalfuneral.com) in Webster on Thursday 5-7 P.M. and prior to services at the church. Royal Wayne Schmidt was born on Wednesday, December 17, 1930 to Paul and Nila (Krause) Schmidt at Webster, South Dakota. He was baptized at American Lutheran Church in Webster and later confirmed at Fron Lutheran Church. Royal lived with his parents and brother, Tubby on their family farm in Racine Township and attended his first six years of school at the three mile school in Racine Township. The family then moved to Independence Township near Roslyn where he finished elementary school. He finished high school through correspondence. In 1950 he joined the U.S. Navy and traveled all over the world, mostly stationed on air craft carriers, working on aircraft. He retired in 1980 in California with the rank of Senior Chief Aviation Structural Mechanic. He then worked as a glazer for some time and he then opened his own handyman service. On August 3, 1958 he married Jacqueline Wilig. His ready made family gave him two wonderful step daughters, Terry and Nancy, whom he loved dearly. Royal and Jackie made their home in San Diego, California until 1981 when they moved to Seaside, Oregon. Jackie passed away on December 25, 2007. Royal then made his way back to his roots in Roslyn, bought a house and became a resident in July 2008. He enjoyed spending time with his brother, Tubby and the rest of his family and friends. He also enjoyed having coffee and visiting at Rosie’s and Community Oil. You could find Royal traveling around town on his trustworthy 4-wheeler, which was a surprise, special delivery gift sent by his nephew, Scott. Royal passed away on Monday, June 22, 2009 at Sioux Falls, South Dakota at the age of 78 years, 6 months and 5 days. Grateful for having shared his life are his two daughters, Terry (Bob) Rogers of Seaside, OR and Nancy (Bill) Halterman of Marysville, WA; a brother, Tubby (Shirley) Schmidt of Roslyn, SD; six grandchildren, Curt, Bob, Jeanne, LouEllen, Allan & Sharla; four great grandchildren; two great great grandchildren; a favorite uncle to Keith, Marcia, Craig, Steve, and his many friends. Royal is loved and will be missed by many.

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Condolences and prayers to all Smitty's family. I know he will be greatly missed. I was so glad to hear he was going back home to South Dakota; it sounded like he adjusted quickly and was becoming the old Smitty I met as a child. I too remember some of the stories, waiting on him and Jackie at Troy's and yes...that wonderful smelling pipe. He was such a wonderful balance for Jackie. Say hello to my mom and Jackie Smitty Much love, Andrea

Andrea McDevitt Jun 28 2009 12:00 AM

Royal, I am so thankful that I got to visit with you at Carolyn and Eldie's 50th anniversary party. We certainly ate our share of cake and candy! My husband, John, enjoyed meeting you last September. In his words, "you were a fine man". Amen! I will always remember your smile! I know you are in Heaven with loved ones surrounding you, without the Earthly pain and suffering. You will be missed! Betty and John Terry

Betty Terry Jun 26 2009 12:00 AM

We'll miss you Uncle Royal, but I know you are having a joyous reunion with Grandpa Paul, Grandma Nila, Jackie and many, many others. I love you with all my heart.

Marcia Jun 25 2009 12:00 AM

We miss seeing you and Jackie at Troy's and enjoying a Troy's Special Brakfast with you two....So glad you got to spend your last years "back home" in "Mayberry"....Bless you Smitty - you left us too soon......

Donna Maxwell & Family Jun 25 2009 12:00 AM

Grandpa - I will miss you - I remember hugging you on the night that Grandma died, crying thinking about how you would get along without her. You did - I can't imagine how had that was for you. I'm glad that you had some time with our South Dakota family - I'm sad it wasn't longer. I'm happy that I was able to get back there and spend time with everyone and see where you were living. All of the family in South Dakota made us feel so welcome and were so incredibly wonderfully nice and loving...it really warmed my heart, and I knew you would be happy there. Some things I think of when I think of you Grandpa: Story most told: When you babysat all of us kids you didn't do diapers, so you would hose us off in the front yard. I remember the smell of your pipe, the bow and arrows you had in the garage that I always wanted to play with, the recliner, your aircraft carrier stories, you sitting at Troy's counter having coffee, your love for Grandma. With love ~ Godspeed Grandpa Jeanne

Jeannne Shuttleworth Jun 25 2009 12:00 AM

I'll miss you very much great uncle Royal. It makes me sad i didn't know you better. RIP everyone will miss you lots!

Lee Schmidt Jun 24 2009 12:00 AM