Willard C. Schmidt, age 88, of Faribault, died on Saturday, August 6, 2011 at Pleasant Manor Nursing Home, Faribault.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, August 9, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. at Our Saviorís Lutheran Church, Faribault with the Reverend Steven Delzer officiating. Interment will be at Meadow Ridge Memorial Park, Faribault.

Visitation will be at the Boldt Funeral Home, Faribault, on Monday, August 8, 2011, from 4 to 7 p.m. and also at the church for one hour prior to the service on Tuesday.

Willard C. Schmidt, son of Henry and Alvina (Hempel) Schmidt was born on August 19, 1922 in Gaylord. He married Cleone H. Dirks on August 3, 1952 at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Willmar and she preceded him in death on November 19, 2007. Willard farmed in Redwood Falls and Willmar, and they raised their family in the Willmar area. After retirement, they moved to Brainerd and later to Faribault in 1985. Willard enjoyed fishing, golfing, reading, bird watching walking and sports. He was known for being very inventive and held several patents.

He is survived by three children, Gordon (and Janel) Schmidt and Larry (and Nancy) Schmidt, all of Farmington, Sheryl (and Larry) Preble of Faribault; eight grandchildren, Heidi, Kayla, Jesse, Rachel, Grant, Wade, Shannon and Jason; one great grandson, Levi Joseph Schmidt; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife; and nine siblings.


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