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Eugene Jay Schmidt

August 28, 1926 ~ February 14, 2020 (age 93)


Mr. Eugene "Gene" Schmidt, 93, of Lost Nation, Iowa, died Friday evening, February 14, 2020, at home.

Eugene Jay Schmidt was born August 28, 1926, in Preston to the late, Harold and Helma (Beeck) Schmidt.  He was graduate of Charlotte High School.  Gene married Leola Lamp September 12, 1948, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Charlotte.  The couple farmed at rural DeWitt for a brief time.  Gene served in the United States Army during the Korean War.   Following service, they raised their family at Charlotte and later at rural Lost Nation where Gene has resided for over 60 years.   His wife, Leola preceded him in death April 28, 2015.

He was a longtime and faithful member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Charlotte where he served several terms as an Elder and also served as a Trustee.  Gene was also a lifetime member of Lost Nation American Legion Post #381.  He also served on the Eastern Iowa Light and Power Board for 27 years and was a Past President.  Gene also served on the Lost Nation Consumer Cooperative and Clinton County FHA Boards.  He loved spending time with his family, attending the grandchildren and great-grandchildren's activities.  Gene very much  enjoyed work and farming.

Surviving are children and their spouses, Gary and Mary Schmidt and Connie and Roger Kleppe of Lost Nation; grandchildren, Erik Schmidt, Karisa (Chad) Caes, Brandon Schmidt, Tracy (Cory Hess) Kleppe, Kelly (Scott) Doll, Jason Scott and Jasper (Brooke) Scott; great-grandchildren, Camrin and Danika Caes, McKenna and Colt Doll, Braydon Cigrand and Eli Scott; sisters, Beverly Johnson of DeWitt and Elaine Trefz of Davenport; a sister-in-law, Lois Lamp of DeWitt; numerous nieces and nephews.

Also preceding Gene in death were an infant daughter, Marilyn; an infant brother, Melvin; brothers-in-law, Robert Trefz, Ralph Johnson, Elbert Austin, Henry Lamp and Robert Lamp; a sister-in-law, Bonnie Lamp.

The family will receive relatives and friends at Schultz Funeral Home, DeWitt, from 4:00 until 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 18, 2020   A Service of Christian burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, February 19, 2020, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Charlotte with the Rev. Anthony Dodgers officiating.  Military rites and burial will be at Elmwood Cemetery, DeWitt.

Pallbearers will be Erik Schmidt, Chad Caes, Brandon Schmidt, Scott Doll, Jason Scott, Jasper Scott and Cory Hess.  Honorary pallbearers will be Perry Lamp, Peter Lamp, Wade Lamp and Reed Trefz.

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February 18, 2020

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Schultz Funeral Homes
722 8th Street
DeWitt, IA 52742

Funeral Service
February 19, 2020

11:00 AM
Immanuel Lutheran Church
235 First Street
Charlotte, Iowa 52731

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