William J. Schmidt
August 13, 1937 - February 5, 2017
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St. Katharine Drexel Parish - St. Mary's Site
Friday 2/10, 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Fargo Funeral Home
400 West Wisconsin Avenue
Kaukauna, WI 54130
St. Katharine Drexel Parish - St. Mary Church
119 W. 7th Street
Kaukauna, WI 54130
Saturday 2/11, 10:30 am
St. Mary Cemetery - Kaukauna
1101 Buchanan Rd.
Kaukauna, WI 54130
(920) 766-1445 | Map
Monday 2/6

William “Bill” Joseph Schmidt of Kaukauna, Wisconsin died peacefully early Sunday morning, February 5th, 2017, after a short and difficult illness. He was only 79 years old. Bill is survived by his wife of 46 years, Barbara Anne (Kaufmann) Schmidt and their three children and their spouses, Sarah Schmidt and Todd McCarthy of Wilmette, IL;…

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Sincerely, Linda and Chick Langone left a message on February 14, 2017:
Dear Maggie, Ken and family, So sorry to hear about the passing of your Dad. Sounds like he was a man with many accomplishes and joys in his life not only in business but with his family and friends. Please give your Mom and the whole Schmidt our deepest sympathy too.
Nora Klepps left a message on February 12, 2017:
My condolences to the entire Schmidt family. I will always remember Bill for the kindness he showed my son when he gave him one of his hand made trains.
Doug Collie left a message on February 10, 2017:
I have worked for U.S. Venture for 24 years and had the good fortune to meet Bill a few times. Always very nice and cordial. I'm very thankful that he helped build this great company I work for and hope to retire from. He will be missed. My prayers and condolences to the entire Schmidt family.
Everett Rhyner left a message on February 10, 2017:
We here in Fl ., his friends ,will also miss him greatly.
Russell Crooks left a message on February 10, 2017:
Deepest sympathy for the Schmidt Family
Peace of mind is a call away. We're here when you need us most.
Phyllis Armichardy left a message on February 9, 2017:
Barb, I have not been on Facebook for a couple of weeks so I was absolutely shocked when I read about Bill. I am so sorry - you have my deepest sympathy. I will be praying for Bill every day from this day forward. I'm sorry I won't be able to be there as we are in Florida for the winter. I will be with you in spirit. Bill was a great guy so you have many wonderful memories.
Tom and Barb Martin left a message on February 8, 2017:
So very sorry, Bill was always doing something for someone. He had a great smile and always had a twinkle in his eyes. He will be missed by so many!
Everett and Betty Rhyner left a message on February 8, 2017:
We are so sorry to hear Bill has left this world. He and his generosity will be missed by the many people who knew him and by the countless number whose lives he touched who did not get to know him. I pray that he will be working soon in God's woodshop with and for children, golfing, playing cards, laughing and joking, and enjoying his family from above. May God grant peace to the loved ones left behind knowing they were and still are loved and watched over by such a man. Know that he made the world a better place for being in it.
Greg & Taylor Pierce left a message on February 8, 2017:
Our sincere condolences and prayers! We are very blessed to have known such a wonderful man. Our son Jack, received one of those beautiful trains for Christmas this year. We will treasure it, and our memories of Bill forever. May God bless and welcome him to Heaven!
Nihal & Hassan Shahbandar left a message on February 7, 2017:
Our deepest condolences to every one of this great family, we ask God to reward him for his good deeds in his life and multiply it, give his family and friends the patient and strength .
Jerry Bechard left a message on February 7, 2017:
My condolences to all who Bill left behind. I did some business with Bill and Ray for a number of years and always found them to pleasant to deal with. Bill certainly left his mark with the U.S. Oil Open. I'm sure God is well pleased with Bill who was very unselfish with his time and talents. From Florida.............God speed to a good man......
Don and Cathy Danila left a message on February 7, 2017:
Our sincerest sympathy and deepest condolences to Barbara and the entire extended Schmidt family. Bill was a special person with a wonderful heart, who looked our for all those who needed his great compassion and assistance. He leaves a wonderful legacy and will live on in the hearts and memories of all those who loved him. May he rest in peace.
Don Sprague left a message on February 7, 2017:
God bless!
Sherri Gates left a message on February 7, 2017:
Barb and all of the Schmidt family, I have been blessed to be part of the Petroleum Equipment family for several years and had the honor of working for Bill for many years. My son Adam, now 32, was a lucky recipient of one of Bill's first toy trains many years ago, and I am proud to say that he still treasures it today. My most recent experience of seeing children's eyes light up when they saw his colorful trains was while in Kenya this past year at Vicodec. Bill donated several of his creations to the kids there and the oohs and aahs were amazing to hear as we set them up on the table to present to them. He was an incredibly generous benefactor and great man to get to know and work with. My sympathies to you all as you go through this difficult journey. May all of your great memories help you keep him ever present. God bless.
Chris Stevenson left a message on February 7, 2017:
I am so sorry for your loss. Our prayers go out to your family.
Trish Thomas left a message on February 7, 2017:
Thank you for sharing such a wonderful glimpse of your Dad's life. Our heart goes out to all of you and hope that you will often think of these stories and find a smile for him.
Ann (Kaufmann) Hornes (Barb's cousin) left a message on February 7, 2017:
My sympathies to you Barb and the rest of your family on the loss of such a wonderful man. There is a celebration going on in heaven, but a big hole here on this earth. May God give you all strength as you face the difficult days ahead of you.
Larry Schmitz left a message on February 7, 2017:
My condolences to Barbara and the whole family, and the whole Schmidt clan.You, and we, all lost a real class act who like nothing better than helping othesr. I remember playing in the first US Oil Open at MidValley with Kenny Heid out there cooking us steaks on a giant grill. My how Bill built that golf outing up to what it is today. One word Bill never let a potential sponsor use in his presence was "NO". He was not done with them until they said YES. Raising money to help others was his passion--and he was the best when it came to that. Think of the thousands and thousands who have been helped because of that outing and Schmidt Family Foundation. I could envision Bill getting to heaven and asking St Peter, "Hey, if you let any of these people bring their money with them, why don't you let me organize a charity golf outing"--grin. Seriously, he was one class act !! I will sure miss him. Larry Schmitz
Betsy McCool left a message on February 7, 2017:
Dear Barb, I am so sorry you lost your special friend and partner. You two had a great marriage together, and I know you have many many happy memories to look back on. I am sure Jack was up at those pearly gates to welcome him to Heaven. Love and prayers for a kindly healing Betsy
Lori vandenbloomer left a message on February 7, 2017:
Sorry for your loss sending prayers
Peace of mind is a call away. We're here when you need us most.
Marcus Burgess- Us Autoforce Driver St Louis left a message on February 7, 2017:
Sorry for your loss and sending prayers to your family I'm new to the Us Venture family but losing a love one is not easy from reading his life that he seem like a Great Man, and I know he will be truly Miss
Cathy and Pete boitz left a message on February 7, 2017:
Sending prayers and Gods live on this journey to the entire Schmidt family.
The Schommer Family left a message on February 6, 2017:
So sorry for your loss. He was very passionate in raising money for those in need. Our prayers go out to your family.
Michelle Kaufmann left a message on February 6, 2017:
Aunt Barbara and family. I have so many fond memories of coming to visit you guys for the holidays and other occasions. I remember uncle Bill sitting with such a calm, peaceful, and wonderful presence. I am sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Tom and Mary Novak left a message on February 6, 2017:
Dear Barb, We were shocked and saddened to hear about Bill. Our hearts go out to you and your family. We have great memories of our trips to Green Bay.
Kathleen and Gordy Westphal left a message on February 6, 2017:
Barb. We are so sad to hear about what happened this week. Our prayers and sympathy for you and your wonderful family during this time. We all loved Bill and cherish the times we had with him.
(Fr,) Joe Mattern left a message on February 6, 2017:
Along with my friends who have known Bill over the past, I was deeply saddened at the news of Bill's death. His strong, yet gentle presence touched me in a most meaningful way. I look forward to join Barb and his family, as well as his many friends at the celebration of his life on February 11 to be held in Kaukauna. Bill's zest for life has taken a new direction as he now joins the Communion of Saints, and from this place we await his continued blessings.
Ruth Ann mielke gorski left a message on February 6, 2017:
My sympathy to all of you!
Martha and Reginald Hermsen left a message on February 5, 2017:
Dear Barbara and family. We are deeply saddened to hear of Bill's passing Know that our prayers are with all of you. Marty and Reg Hermsen
Wichmann Funeral Home & Crematories left a message:
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.
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