Frank E. Schmitt, 85, Ireland

Frank E. Schmitt, 85, of Ireland, died Tuesday (May 15) at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper. He was born in Ireland February 19, 1933, to Alfred and Elizabeth (Renner) Schmitt. He married Mary Lou Schulte February 18, 1954, in Kundek Hall of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Jasper. She died February 15, 2016.

Frank was a graduate of Ireland High School, a United States Army veteran, serving during the Korean Conflict, and a lifetime dairy farmer. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ireland, the Ireland Knights of Columbus, and VFW Post No. 673. He enjoyed watching sports and was an avid St. Louis Cardinal fan. He enjoyed spending time with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

He is survived by three sons, Dean Schmitt and wife Jill, Jasper, and Wayne (Geri) Schmitt and wife Geri and Greg Schmitt and wife Kathy, all of Ireland; 10 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; one sister, Mary Ann Stetter, Jasper; and two brothers, Pat Schmitt and Mike Schmitt and wife Carol, all of Ireland.

Friends may call from 9-11 a.m. Thursday at St. Mary’s Church. The Ireland K of C will conduct a memorial service at 8:45 a.m. at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Mary’s Church building fund or to a favorite charity. Online condolences may be shared at www.becherkluesner.com. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Mary’s Church with burial following in the church cemetery. VFW Post No. 673 will conduct military graveside rites.

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