Leonard Schmidt

Leonard Schmidt, 87, Salina, entered immortality on Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012. Mr. Schmidt was born June 19, 1925, in Hillsboro, Kan., the son of Benjamin B. and Agnes Woldt Schmidt. He was one of 11 children.

Upon graduation from high school, Mr. Schmidt served in the U.S. Navy from 1943 to 1945 during World War II and was stationed in Japan during the Korean War from 1949 to 1953.

He married Dannette Ellen Strand on Aug. 25, 1953, in Salina.

After his marriage, he attended Kansas Wesleyan University on the G.I. bill and graduated with a bachelor’s in business. Mr. Schmidt’s first job upon graduation was administrator of then Asbury Hospital. He then worked for the U.S. Postal Service until his retirement.

Upon retirement, Mr. Schmidt volunteered for R.S.V.P. and the Presbyterian Manor. He was a member of the Salina Scottish Rite, the ISIS Shrine, and a charter member of the American Legion in Hillsboro, Kan. Mr. Schmidt was a member of First Presbyterian Church.

Survivors include a daughter, Leannette Montgomery of Salina; a son, Benjamin Schmidt of Enid, Okla.; a grandson, Nathan Speed of Salina; a sister, Marjorie Penner of Green River, Wyo.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Dannette, in 2002.

Services were scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 23, at First Presbyterian Church in Salina. Burial is at Roselawn Memorial Park in Salina. Mr. Schmidt lay in state Monday, Oct. 22, at Ryan Mortuary, Salina.

Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church in care of the mortuary.

 

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