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Howard Francis Schmitt
12 March, 1915 - 10 July, 1995
Obituary from the Idaho Press-Tribune
July 1995
Contributed by Bonnie Dilworth

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Howard F. Schmitt

    Howard F. 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, Dad.
    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 sent.

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The gravesite for Howard and Cecilia can be found at number 7.

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