6 N Main • Caldwell, KS • 620-845-6424
December 13, 1932 ~ September 21, 2017
Jerald was always proud that he was born on a farm on the Chisholm Trail, during a blizzard, on December 13, 1932. He passed away at age eighty-four. He attended the Greenman Country School for several years before coming into town school and graduated from CHS class of 1950.
Farming was his passion and worked hard all his life trying to improve his farming methods and his cattle herd. When he was a young man and the farm work was finished in the fall, he would head to Wichita or Oklahoma City to work thru the winter months and head back to Caldwell in the spring. While in Oklahoma City, he met his bride, Joellen, who was teaching in the Oklahoma City Catholic School system. They married on July 20, 1963, in Yonkers, New York, then headed back to Caldwell, Kansas.
Jerald was active in NFO – National Farmers Organization, with farmers all over the country, who worked together to improve prices for the farm crops.
He was a lifetime member of St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church and served on numerous committees throughout his life.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Rita and Irvin Schmidt, and his brother, Ralph Schmidt.
He is survived by his wife Joellen and six sons and one daughter: Martin (Jill), Kevin (Dani), Tim (Elena), Dick (Shannon), Brian (Jamie), Kelly (Lamont), and Dennis (Sara). He was a loving grandfather to fifteen grandchildren plus one coming in the near future. To this group we can add over 50 foster children he cared for and about twenty-five exchange students from various countries around the world. He is also survived by his sister Rita Scribner of Wichita, brother, Delbert of Kansas City and brother Philip of Caldwell.
The Rosary will be said Sunday evening, at 7:00 p.m. at St. Martin’s and the funeral Mass will be Monday morning at 11:00 a.m. at St. Martin’s Church.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be sent to the Catholic Relief Services for the hurricane victims of Texas and Florida or to the CHS Alumni Scholarship Fund and left in care of the mortuary.