Schmitt, 80, of Nampa, died Monday, July 10, 1995, in a Boise
hospital of complications of open heart surgery, with his
family by his side. Vigil Services will be held at 7:30
p.m. Thursday, July 13, at Persons-Flahiff Funeral Chapel,
Nampa. A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday,
July 14, at St. Paul's Catholic Church, Nampa, with the Rev.
Father Paul Mathews, S. M. presiding. Concluding
services will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Nampa.
He was born March 12, 1915, at Sprague, Wash., a son of Peter
J. and Mamie Boyer Schmitt. His early youth years were
spent at Sprague and at Corvallis, Ore. He moved to
Nampa at age 13 and attended Nampa schools, graduating from
Nampa High School in 1934. He was an outstanding athlete and
was very active in football, basketball and baseball. He
attended Gonzaga University in Spokane on a football
scholarship. He married the love of his life, Cecilia
Martineau Feb. 10, 1936, in Nampa and had six children, one
son and five daughters. This marriage lasted for fifty-nine
wonderful years but ne lost his wife this last Dec. 23, 1994.
Howard was a wonderful provider for his
family. His early years were spent learning the "shoe cobbler"
trade. In the early '40s, he worked in the shipyards in
the Seattle area, then joined the Navy and was stationed
aboard a mine sweeper in the South Pacific from 1944 to 1946.
He returned home after the war and worked for the Nampa Police
Department at night and worked with his mother in the shoe
shop during the days. He lost his father while he was
overseas. He spent the next thirty-five years of his
life in the family business running the shop which was later
taken over by his son in 1980. He still spent time each
day returning to the shop to lend a helping hand or just to
try his hand at some odd job, but mainly to join his son and
old friends for a cup of coffee and to catch up on the news.
Howard was appointed by Mayor Preston Cappell to the Nampa
Parks and Recreation Commission and served there for
thirty-one years. In 1977, the Howard Schmitt softball
field was dedicated at West Park in his honor.
He was a life member of Nampa Lodge No. 1389, B.P.O.E.
For many years he it was quite active in the American Legion
and looked forward each year to seeing friends at the Pancake
Break-fast. He was a member of St. Paul's Catholic
Church and ushered at the 8 a.m. Mass for many years.
Howard was a loving and devoted husband, father and
grandfather and was always there for us, giving strength and
support to each and everyone of us. Through our hearts
and eyes we saw him not only as a father but as a Best
Friend". He was never too busy to help anyone in need,
took care of his entire family and, particularly, gave such
tender care to his loving wife for many years.
He loved spending time in his yard with his flowers; his
yearly visits to see his daughter and her family in California
and spending time at his cabin in Cascade. Most
important to him were his children, grandkids and
great-grandkids who filled his life with so much joy and
happiness. He will be missed terribly by his family and
everyone who knew him. So long for now. We love you,
The family wishes to extend a
special "thank you" to Dr. Craig Olsen and his Associates and
to the staff members of St. Luke's Regional Medical Center's
CCU and ICU who were so kind to them and to their father
during his final illness.
He is survived
by one son and five daughters: Joe and Beatty Schmitt of
Nampa, Virgie and Wally McGolden of Seal Beach, Calif., Gerri
and Jim Adkins of Yellow Pine, Idaho, Linda Mortensen, Sue and
Doyle Collins and Vickie and Greg Lovejoy, all of Nampa; two
sisters and a brother-in-law, Mildred and Gordon McDonald and
a very special sister, Shirley Schmitt, all of Nampa; twelve
grandchildren, Mali and Marci McGolden, Pam Judy, Tami
Spangler, Camille Thomas, Doug Schmitt, Lisa Bushnell, Joe
Mortensen, Kent and Kobi Collins and Lacey and Ben Lovejoy;
seven great-grandchildren; five sisters-in-law; three
brothers-in-law and several nieces and nephews.
He was also preceded in death by his parents and one brother.
Friends may call at Persons-Flahiff Funeral Chapel until 9
p.m. today, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday, and may meet at
the church for services on Friday.
Memorials may be made in Howard's name to the Mount Calvary
Cemetery Fund, to your favorite charity or flowers may be