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Fred H. Schmidtke

October 31, 1939 July 2, 2019
Fred H. Schmidtke
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Obituary for Fred H. Schmidtke

Fred Schmidtke, age 79, formerly of Strain, MO, passed away on Tuesday, July 2, 2019 at the Missouri Veteran’s Home in St. James, MO.

Fred Henry Schmidtke was born October 31, 1939 in Caldwell, Iowa, the son of Henry and Lois (Schreiber) Schmidtke. He grew up and attended school near Caldwell where his family’s farm was located. Being the eldest child in his family, much was required of Fred. At a young age, he started working on the family farm, and continued to do so until he was drafted into the United States Army and served his country in Vietnam. Fred was very proud of his time in the service, as well as his grandson, Michael, who served his country in the U.S. Navy. After his stint in the Army, he came back to Sullivan to make his home. Fred was united in marriage to June Paneitz (Landwehr) on July 12, 1969, and together, they blended their families into one. Fred came into the marriage with two children, Scott & Julie, and June came in to the marriage with three children: Randy, Candy, & Kim.

Fred was employed by Fidelity Communications for many years, both as an installer and trouble-shooting repair technician. After retiring in 2002, Fred and June enjoyed many years of travelling together, as well as spending time at the river. Over the years, he loved collecting rocks and arrowheads from his travels. His hobbies included fishing, woodworking, and gardening. Fred stayed very active with the VFW and American Legion. He was a member of the Champion City Methodist Church, and took a special interest in St. Labre Indian School and The National Arbor Foundation.

Fred is survived by his wife, June (Landwehr) Schmidtke; two sons, Randy Paneitz and wife, Kelly, of Sullivan, MO, and Scott Schafer and wife, Robin, of Rockford, IA; three daughters: Candy Key and husband, Blake, of Sullivan, MO, Kim Rogers and husband, Mike, of Leslie, MO, and Julie Begeman and husband, Craig, of Charles City, IA; two brothers, Roy Schmidtke and wife, Laura, of Bourbon, MO, and David Schmidtke; two sisters, Evelyn of Sullivan, MO, and Carol Appleton of TX; twelve grandchildren: Dane, Mitch, Holly, Chelsey, Jason, Ryan, Mamie, Michael, Jennifer, Jessi, Lindsey and Lauren; seventeen great-grandchildren; numerous nieces & nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Dale Schmidtke; and a sister, Virginia Schmidtke.

Funeral Services were conducted 11:00 AM, Saturday, July 6, 2019 at the Eaton Funeral Home in Sullivan, with Pastor Mary Avizenis as the officiant. Burial with full military honors was held in Champion City Cemetery, Leslie, MO.

Visitation was held from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Friday, July 5, 2019 at the Eaton Funeral Home in Sullivan.

Memorial contributions may be made to: Champion City Methodist Church in Leslie, MO.

Friends may send online condolences to Fred’s family at www.eatonfuneralhome.com.

All arrangements were under the care of the Eaton Funeral Home of Sullivan, MO.


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Visitation

Friday

5

Jul

5:00 PM 7/5/2019 5:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 7/5/2019 8:00:00 PM
Eaton Funeral Home

347 N. Clark
P.O. Box 625
Sullivan, MO 63080

Eaton Funeral Home
347 N. Clark Sullivan 63080 MO
United States

Service

Saturday

6

Jul

11:00 AM 7/6/2019 11:00:00 AM
Eaton Funeral Home

347 N. Clark
P.O. Box 625
Sullivan, MO 63080

Eaton Funeral Home
347 N. Clark Sullivan 63080 MO
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Champion City Cemetery Final Resting Place

5075 Champion City Church Rd
Leslie, MO 63056

5075 Champion City Church Rd Leslie 63056 MO
United States

Memorial Contribution

Champion City United Methodist Church

5075 Champion City Church Rd
Leslie, MO 63056
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