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Raymond P. "Ray" Phillip Schmidt

January 4, 1918 — December 4, 2011

Raymond P. “Ray” Schmidt, 93, of Morgan died Sunday, December 4, 2011 at Gil-Mor Manor in Morgan. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, December 7, 2011 from St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Morgan with burial to follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be held Tuesday, December 6, 2011, from 4 until 7 p.m., at St. Michael’s Catholic Church. There will be a combined prayer service and Knights of Columbus Rosary at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday at the church. Visitation will continue on Wednesday at the church for one hour prior to services.

Arrangements are with Nelson-Martin Funeral Service of Morgan. E-mail condolences may be sent via .

Raymond Phillip Schmidt, the son of Theodore and Anna Schmidt, was born January 4, 1918 in Independence, Iowa. The family resided in Jessop, Iowa, until relocating to the Morgan, Minnesota area when Ray was two years old. He grew up near Morgan and received his education in country school.

On October 4, 1944, Ray married Mary Jane Plain at St. Catherine’s Catholic Church in Redwood Falls and they set up housekeeping on the family farm. Ray farmed his entire life, officially “retiring” when he turned 80. During his farming years, he also sold Keltgen Seed Corn and Highland Baby Chicks. Ray belonged to St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Morgan. He was a Fourth Degree member of the Knights of Columbus, a member of St. Michael’s Society and Catholic Aid. Ray volunteered for church dinners and the Fun Fest, and was instrumental in the construction of the church building. He also belonged to the Morgan Lions. Ray served on the township board and as an adult 4-H Leader. He coached softball for 40 years. Ray enjoyed bowling and loved weekends at the lake and supporting all the Cedar Mountain sports teams.

He is survived by his wife Mary Jane Schmidt of Morgan; and children Patricia (John) Ayres of Naples, Florida, Bob (Mary) Schmidt of Morgan, Jeanne (Randy) Anderson of Elk River, Leroy (Sue) Schmidt of Baxter, Jan (Milt) Johnson of Sauk Rapids, Joan (Mike) Okins of Olivia, and Donna (Jeff) Walden of Pequot Lakes. Also surviving are 15 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; his sister Mildred Tauer of Morgan; and sisters-in-law Ruth Schmidt of Morgan, and Agnes Haechrel of Springfield. He was preceded in death by his son Richard Leo; brothers John and Lawrence; and sister Ellen.

Blessed be his memory!
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