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Mr. Richard Will Schmidt age 80 of Salem passed away Friday, January 15 at Floyd Memorial Hospital.

Mr. Schmidt was born January 28, 1935 in Lemmon, South Dakota the son of Lewis and Emma Will Schmidt.  He was a retired maintenance machinist and farmer.   He was an Army veteran.  Richard was a simple man who loved spending time with his friends and family.

He married Virginia Jones on July 30, 1959 at St. Simon and Jude Catholic Rectory in Louisville, Kentucky and she survives.  He is also survived by three sons:  Lonnie Schmidt, Ronnie Schmidt (Yvonne Maxey) and Kenny Schmidt (Erica) all of Salem, five daughters:  Tina Schmidt and Wanda of Colorado Springs, Colorado, and Lana Smith (Jerry) of Salem, Laura Rodman (Max) of Salem, Karen Ragains (Steve) of Fredericksburg and Sandy Houston (Lenny) of Salem, a son-in-law:  John Welch of Salem, two brothers:  Don Schmidt (Julie) of Fargo, North Dakota and Ed Schmidt (Phyllis) of Lemmon, South Dakota, a sister: Betty Tomac (Bob) of Lemmon, South Dakota, 18 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents, twin brother: Bob Schmidt (Sylvia), brother:  Calvin Schmidt, daughter:  Lena Welch and grandson:  John Campbell.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 11:00AM at Weathers Funeral Home.  Burial will follow in St. Patrick’s Cemetery.  Visitation will be Monday from 3-8PM and Tuesday from 9AM-time of service.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to a veteran’s organization of the donor’s choice.