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Van Hartley Schmutz

September 20, 1925October 20, 2020

Van H. Schmutz. 95, of Lake Charles, Louisiana passed away on Tuesday, October 20, 2020. Van was born on September 20, 1925 in Chanute, Kansas to Henry L. Schmutz and Martha Atkinson Schmutz.

Van served in the Navy during WWII. He was a graduate of Texas A&M earning his B.S. in Engineering. He was a member of First United Methodist Church for over 70 years in Lake Charles. He retired as a Supervisor from Cit-Con Oil Corporation after over 35 years of service. He was a founding member of the La. Choral Foundation. He helped build Millinial Park and when it was destroyed by hurricane Rita, he helped rebuild it. He enjoyed working on Habitat for Humanity Projects and digging with the Arkansas Archeological Society.

Van was a Master Gardener. He enjoyed spending time in his greenhouse and giving away his plants and spending time with his grandchildren. Van was also strong in his Faith. He liked to sing in the Church Choir and go on Mission Trips which included building churches in the U.S., South America and Costa Rica

Those left to cherish his memory are his two sons, Eric Schmutz (Karen) of Frankston, TX and Paul Schmutz (Kelly) of Friendswood, TX; one daughter, Elizabeth Ann Kramer of Moss Bluff, LA; 7 Grandchildren and three Great Grandchildren.

Van is preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Sybil Gilmore Schmutz; his son David Schmutz.

Visitation will be held at First United Methodist Church on Saturday, November 21, 2020 from 1pm until the time of service. Memorial Services will follow at 3pm at the Church where Reverend Weldon Bares will officiate. Cremation is entrusted to Hixson Funeral Home of Lake Charles. Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.hixsonfuneralhomes.com.

The family would like to express their gratitude to Dr. Gilmore and staff, especially Ellendale Gabbert.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Operation Smile, 3641 Faculty Blvd., Virgina Beach, Va 23453 or First Methodist Choir, 812 Kirkman St., Lake Charles, LA 70601 or La. Choral Foundation, P.O. Box 403, Lake Charles, LA 70602.

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  • Those left to cherish his memory are his two sons, Eric Schmutz (Karen) of Frankston, TX and Paul Schmutz (Kelly) of Friendswood, TX; one daughter, Elizabeth Ann Kramer of Moss Bluff, LA; 7 Grandchildren and three Great Grandchildren.


    Van is preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Sybil Gilmore Schmutz; his son David Schmutz.

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Brad Porter

November 16, 2020

So sad to hea of Van's passing. Enjoyed singing with him with Choral Foundation and at FWUMC. Great man, great voice and talent. He will be missed.

Jane Reynolds

November 7, 2020

I met Sybil and Van when Ben and I joined First Methodist Church 40+ years ago. Sybil and I were in United Methodist Women together and Van was always donating beautiful plants for our fundraisers , making sure that UMW received all proceeds from his plants! A very generous soul! Van and Ben worked on many projects together with Habitat and Red Bird Mission. Van was the hardest worker! We loved seeing him in the choir and then walking down the hall after church, carrying a pitcher of water to take care of the plants! He has left a hole in our church family. A beloved man who loved his Lord.
We miss you Van!
With our sympathy and love,
Ben and Jane Reynolds

Patty Palmer

November 1, 2020

Mr Van was a kind & giving soul. I was so fortunate to get to know him for three short years as a Master Gardener. But in that short span he left a lasting impression with me! No matter the task at hand he was always there to lend a helping hand! And always growing green goodness plants to share with everyone! I know Heaven is definitely greener now with Mr Van growing & sharing plants with all the angels! God’s speed Mr Van & Rest In Peace! You’ll be sorely missed!

Vera Dufrene Mulvey

October 28, 2020

I was so sad to hear of Van’s passing. He was such a kind friend to my mother in her last years. They were both members of the UMC choir for decades. He was a very special man and loved plants and animals too. So sorry for your loss.

Brenda and Mark Dufrene

October 27, 2020

So very sorry to hear of Van's passing. He was such a sweet man with a kind word for everyone. He was such a loving friend to our mother and devoted companion. Rest in peace Van .

Robert Turley

October 26, 2020

Mr. Van was a true giver. He gave of his time, his knowledge and his plants generously. His presence will surely be missed.

Golden Tradewell

October 25, 2020

Van never questioned how much time or how long a project would take. He just asked when and where. I met Van through the Master Gardeners group. His plants brought beauty to the group and each individual who received his plants. He will be missed for so many reasons.

Myna Boggan

October 25, 2020

I enjoyed Van as a Master Gardener. At our next meeting I will miss not seeing him in his special place. Van has given our members many plants through the years. I have two that will always remind me of him. Myna Boggan

Nola Ducote

October 25, 2020

I came to know Van after becoming a Master Gardener in 2015. He was always willing to help at the MG events and the local Elementary school gardens. Always bringing his beautiful plants to the MG meetings to share with others. He will be missed by all. Rest in Peace.

HAROLD THIBODEAUX

October 23, 2020

I had the opportunity to work side by side with Mr Van during several church mission trips including the wheel chair ramp projects locally and in alexandria. A quite man, a humble servant of god. Thank you for your friendship...

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