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Willie H. Schmidt, 83, of Brenham left this earth to be with his Lord and Savior on Sunday, Nov. 22, 2009 at Colonial Bell Nursing Home in Bellville.

Born on Aug. 23, 1926 to Willie F. and Rosa Hensen Schmidt, Willie was baptized and his first communion at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Willie was confirmed on April 2, 1950 at Salem Lutheran Church of Salem, where he held his membership.

He attended Brenham Public Schools and Blinn College.

He served his country in the Navy during the Pacific Campaign, 1945 to 1946.

On April 22, 1950, Willie married the love of his life, Lillie Mae Draehn, whom he missed so dearly since her death, at Salem Lutheran Church.

Willie enjoyed repairing and restoring tractors. He was the owner of Schmidt Tractor, up to recent illness, for 32 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife of 58 years, Lillie Mae, sister and brother-in-law Margaret and Milton Sawyer, brother Leon Schmidt and sister Alice Schmidt, brothers-in-law Jimmy Draehn, Elwood Draehn, nephews William Draehn and Russell Draehn, Butch Sawyer.

His loving family includes son Roy William Schmidt, Darrell Wayne Schmidt and wife Michelle, daughter Janice Lynn Hanath and husband Bradley, grandsons Brandon Lee Hanath and fiancé Kaylyn Lehmann, Wyatt Lee Hanath and Austin Lee Hanath; step-grandchildren Matt Wise and Sarah Wise and Sam Reeves; step-great-grandchildren Haley and Madison Wise, Trae, Mylo and Max Reeves; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Willie and Marjorie Draehn, Roger and Joyce Draehn, Glenn Draehn, Deloris Draehn, Lee and Hannah Draehn, Luther and Evelyn Draehn, Gene and Jo Ann Draehn, Allan and Peggy Draehn; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law Dianne and Ted Sager, Geraldine and Edward Rybarski, along with nieces and nephews.

Visitation was Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2009 from 6-8 p.m. in Brenham Memorial Chapel.

Funeral services was Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. in Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church of Salem with Pastor Charles H. Parnell officiating.

Burial followed in the church cemetery.

Pallbearers were Sam Reeves, Royce Draehn, Troy Draehn, Scott Rybarski, Patrick Draehn, Jason Draehn, Todd Sager and Craig Sager.

Honorary pallbearers were grandsons Brandon Hanath, Wyatt Hanath, Austin Hanath, Matt Wise and friends Willie and Shirley Schwarze, Roe and Sue Weinschenk, Bennie and Gloria Hanaath and Robert Brown.

Memorials may be given to Salem Lutheran Church Cemetery Fund or Hospice-Brazos Valley.

Services are in the care of Brenham Memorial Chapel in Brenham.

Posted by Joy Neely


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