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Louis William Schmitz

December 18, 1937 December 29, 2017
Louis William Schmitz
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Obituary for Louis William Schmitz

Louis William Schmitz, 80, of Gilbertville, died Friday, Dec. 29th at Lee Memorial Health Park Medical Center, Fort Myers, Florida (his winter residence) of complications from Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL).

He was born Dec. 18, 1937, south of Gilbertville, Iowa, in Black Hawk County, son of Chris and Magdlen Bovy Schmitz. He married Theresa A. Becker, Feb. 13, 1961 in Immaculate Conception Church, Gilbertville, Iowa. He served in the U.S. Army Reserves and just recently attended an Honor Flight to the Washington Memorials with his son Pat.

Louis worked for Chamberlain Manufacturing as a Draftsman/Project Engineer early in his career, and later moved to Deco Tool Supply in Waterloo, Iowa, where he worked 32 years as an Engineer, and Industrial Tool Salesman.

He was an active member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Gilbertville, IA and was instrumental in the church beautification project. He was also a member of the Catholic Order of Foresters. He enjoyed being a member of the American Legion Nugent - Demuth Post 714, and was a past Commander. One of his proudest contributions to the community was the design and construction of the Veterans Memorial Park in Gilbertville, IA. He took great pride in making sure the legacy of our servicemen and servicewomen were proudly honored.

Louis was an avid wood carver for most of his life, and member of the Northeast Iowa Woodcarvers Association.

Louis took great enjoyment in his family, his grandchildren, and most recently great grandchildren. He was always busy helping family and friends with projects. His design and mechanical talents were numerous, and appreciated by many.

Survived by: his wife of 56 years, Theresa (Terri) of Gilbertville, IA; 2 daughters, Pamela (Richard) Delagardelle of Cedar Falls, IA, Paula (Vincent) McFadden of Gilbertville, IA, a son, Patrick of Delhi, IA.; 13 grandchildren, Andrea (Chad) Watkinson, Jacob Delagardelle, Kate (Austin) Appel, Abigail and Annalise Delagardelle, Shane McFadden, Megan McFadden, Collin McFadden, Erin McFadden, Sean McFadden, Marissa McFadden, Ryan McFadden, Jenna Schmitz; 2 great grandchildren, Everett and Noah Louis Watkinson; a sister, Marilyn Demuth, and 4 brothers, Eugene (Rosemary) Schmitz, Gary (Barbara) Schmitz, Lee (Dorothy) Schmitz, Robert (Ruth) Schmitz .

Preceded in death by his parents, 1 brother and his wife, Wayne and Wanda Schmitz; 1 brother-in-law, Don Demuth; and a sister Mary Ann in infancy.

Services will be 10:30 am Friday January 5th at Immaculate Conception Church in Gilbertville, IA with burial in St. Joseph Cemetery, Raymond, IA, where full military rites will be conducted by the Nugent - Demuth American Legion Post 714 and the Iowa Army Honor Guard. Visitation will be from 3 until 8 p.m. Thursday, January 4th, at Immaculate Conception Church in Gilbertville, IA, where there will be a 3:30 p.m. Catholic Order of Foresters rosary and a 7 p.m. Vigil and time for sharing. Visitation will continue for one hour before services at the church Friday morning.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Bosco Catholic School System, and Allen Foundation.

Hagarty-Waychoff-Grarup Funeral Service on South Street is in charge of arrangements.


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Previous Events

Visitation

Thursday

4

Jan

3:00 PM 1/4/2018 3:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 1/4/2018 8:00:00 PM
Immaculate Conception Catholic Church

311 15th Ave
Gilbertville, Iowa 50634

Immaculate Conception Catholic Church
311 15th Ave Gilbertville 50634 Iowa
United States

Rosary

Thursday

4

Jan

3:30 PM 1/4/2018 3:30:00 PM
Immaculate Conception Catholic Church

311 15th Ave
Gilbertville, Iowa 50634

Immaculate Conception Catholic Church
311 15th Ave Gilbertville 50634 Iowa
United States

Vigil Service

Thursday

4

Jan

7:00 PM 1/4/2018 7:00:00 PM
Immaculate Conception Catholic Church

311 15th Ave
Gilbertville, Iowa 50634

Immaculate Conception Catholic Church
311 15th Ave Gilbertville 50634 Iowa
United States

Visitation

Friday

5

Jan

9:30 AM 1/5/2018 9:30:00 AM - 10:20 AM 1/5/2018 10:20:00 AM
Immaculate Conception Catholic Church

311 15th Ave
Gilbertville, Iowa 50634

Immaculate Conception Catholic Church
311 15th Ave Gilbertville 50634 Iowa
United States

Mass of Christian Burial

Friday

5

Jan

10:30 AM 1/5/2018 10:30:00 AM
Immaculate Conception Catholic Church

311 15th Ave
Gilbertville, Iowa 50634

Immaculate Conception Catholic Church
311 15th Ave Gilbertville 50634 Iowa
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

St. Joseph's Cemetery Final Resting Place

Lafayette Rd
Raymond, Iowa 50667

Lafayette Rd Raymond 50667 Iowa
United States
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