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Dec. 11, 1945 – Jan. 8, 2011

Memorial services for Nelson M. Schmidt, 65, of Fayetteville were held Jan. 11 at West End Baptist Church in Industry with Pastor Dennis Keen officiating.

Schmidt died Jan. 8, 2011 at his home in the Haw Creek community of Fayette County, following a courageous fight against lung cancer.

He was born Dec. 11, 1945 in La Grange, the son of Louis and Alma Stork Schmidt. He was baptized in his parents’ home in the Haw Creek community on Jan. 27, 1946 by Julius Bosshard. He was confirmed into the Christian faith on April 10, 1960 by W.E. Doerr at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Warrenton.

Schmidt graduated from Round Top Carmine High School in 1965 and then began what would be a long working career. He was a hard-working man full of talents and skills performing various jobs.

He recently was recognized by Martin Marietta Materials for 25 years of service as a welder and mechanic at the company’s Garwood plant. He began working at that location for Mark and Reuben Barten with B&B Gravel, which was later acquired by Martin Marietta Materials.

Prior to that, Schmidt owned and operated his own business, Road and Field Service, using his welding and mechanics skills during the oil boom of the 1980s. 

Before finding his true talents as a welder and mechanic, he also worked at Blue Bell Creamery and the Ford dealership in Brenham, Darby Construction in Houston, and Parker Brothers Construction and Potter Tractor in Columbus.

Schmidt was united in marriage with Lurraine “Rainey” Sutton on May 27, 1966 in Columbus with Bro. Clarence James officiating.

He led a good life, traveled a lot with his work seeing new and exciting things and even built an entirely-solar-energized home for Gus Glasscock in Columbus after attending school and receiving certification on solar energy.

Schmidt was satisfied with all of his work and accomplishments, especially his lifelong dream to design and build a home for his family on the home place in the Haw Creek community.

As a father and grandfather, he has passed his skills to his children and grandchildren, who continue to pass them on to their children. His life was filled with many friends who all took a part in hunting, fishing, camping and processing hogs and deer. Many weekends were spent butchering and making sausage with friends while joking and telling stories around a warm campfire.

He was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents; sister, Verline Schmidt; brother, Kervin Schmidt; father-in-law, William R. “Bill” Dennis; sister-in-law, Joann Zapalac Sutton; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Survivors include his wife and friend of 44 years, Lurraine “Rainey” Schmidt; two sons and daughters-in-law, William “Billy” and Tammie Schmidt of Weimar, and Matthew and Jovana Schmidt of Royse City; daughter and son-in-law, Jessica and Elroy Spanihel of Fayetteville; three grandchildren, Ashley Schmidt of San Marcos, Logan Spanihel of Fayetteville and Mattye Schmidt of Royse City; mother-in-law, Marguerite Dennis of Ellinger; brother-in-law, Lex “Skippy” Sutton, and wife, Ruby; sister-in-law, Alma Schmidt of Fayetteville; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins..


Posted by Joy Neely


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