Cristian John Schmidt

April 24, 1999January 17, 2019
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Cristian John Schmidt, of Dayton, Minnesota.

Cristian tragically died in a car accident.

He was preceded in death by his Grandpa, Bruce Nelson.

Cristian will be deeply missed by his Parents, John and Sara; Brother, Tyeler; Sister, ShaiAnne; Grandparents, Nancy and Gene Boyer, Susan Nelson, Garth and Terri Schmidt; 16 Aunts and Uncles; 17 Cousins; and countless Friends.

Cristian was a 2017 graduate of Champlin Park High School.

~Service of Remembrance~ Word of Peace Lutheran Church, 21705 129th Ave N, Rogers, Minnesota on Saturday, January 26, 2019 at 3pm. Visitation will take place from 1pm to 3pm with memory sharing from 1pm to 1:30pm.


  • He was preceded in death by his Grandpa, Bruce Nelson.

    Cristian will be deeply missed by his Parents, John and Sara; Brother, Tyeler; Sister, ShaiAnne; Grandparents, Nancy and Gene Boyer, Susan Nelson, Garth and Terri Schmidt; 16 Aunts and Uncles; 17 Cousins; and countless Friends


  • Visitation Saturday, January 26, 2019
  • Service of Remembrance Saturday, January 26, 2019

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Jim and Janet Litwin

February 5, 2019

Sara, John and Family, we are so very sorry for the loss of your precious son Cristian. Our greatest memories of Cristian are when we saw him play baseball when he and Tim were on the same team. It was a very fun season of baseball. And I enjoyed visiting with Sara at the games and getting to know you better. You have a beautiful family. Lots of love and hugs during this difficult time and know we are praying for you. -Jim and Janet Litwin

Joe Mueller

January 26, 2019

I remember those days driving up to the Schmidt house to pick up Dominick (and a few years later, Austin). Cristian and Tyler would be in the backyard playing catch with him. Cristian was closer in age but still definitely a “big kid”. He couldn’t have been kinder. He was always patient and generous with his time. And our boys idolized him. What a class act. I can’t think of anyone I’d rather my sons look up to.

Doug and Jackie Armstrong (Customer from The Bottle Shop)

January 25, 2019

We are so very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this time. It is a very beautiful tribute of Cristian.

Lynette Bakker

January 25, 2019

So very, very sorry for your loss. Keep your memories close, as it is those very precious memories that will carry you through the difficult days. "Loss always has a way of reminding us to live and love as greatly as we can." Many hugs to Christian's family and friends and remember to live and love, it's what Christian would want. God's blessings to you today and always.

Claire Yantambwe

January 24, 2019

Cristian was one of the first couple of friends I made when I started Kindergarten at Riverview elementary school. My favorite memory was his long hair phase. That had to have been one of the funniest periods of my life thanks to him. We weren’t as close but my heart is still heavy because you never realize how much someone who you grew up with from afar really means to you. Rest In Paradise Cristian.


January 24, 2019

"The peace of God that surpasses all understanding", help you and your family during this time of sorro (Philippians 4:6,7).

Megan Mccomas

January 22, 2019

Cristian was one of my closest friends in high school when he was in one of my classes with me I would always say hi to him you will be missed rest in peace buddy he was the best football player out there for cphs you always will be

Desiree Bauer

January 21, 2019

I don’t remember a time without the Schmidt family in my life. When I was younger, our parents would have poker nights and all of us kids would go downstairs.
We used to rough house, play games, shoot each other with nerf guns, shoot the tv with nerf guns, or pretty much anything that we could do that was fun and a little risky to be done indoors.
Whatever we did, Cristian was there and always made us laugh and have a good time.
I’ll also always remember that long hair he used to have.

Andre Robinson

January 21, 2019

I am sorry for your loss. May the God of all comfort help you to endure this difficult time. Losing someone so special is never easy. Just know our Creator is aware of your pain and he promises to help. Philippians 4:6,7

Jana Rieck

January 20, 2019

As my advisee for four years, I remember Cristian's awesome smile, willing nature, and immense kindness! He had amazing insightfulness about people and situations. When students were asked to do "boring" activities in advisement, Cristian would make eye contact with me, grin, and begin. Soon his peers were doing the same with little complaint. His understated leadership was wonderfully effective. I am blessed to have many sweet memories!


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When Cristian walked into the room, everyone felt his energy and enthusiastic spontaneity. This was just one example of who Cristian was and how he impacted those around him. Cristian was a quietly clever person who always sought out the best in other people. It was as if Cristian wanted to share all of their experiences and revel in their lives. Cristian was tireless and had boundless enthusiasm that served him well throughout his life.

      Cristian was born on April 24, 1999 at Abbott Northwestern in Minneapolis, MN. He was the son of John and Sara Schmidt. Cristian was raised in Dayton, MN with his older brother Tyeler and younger sister ShaiAnne. Always at the ready with a good joke, he was quite a humorous person. Cristian was very accepting and supportive of his family. These traits served Cristian well in his adult life and, along with his wit, outgoing personality, and understanding of others, drew the admiration of many who knew him.

      Cristian was able to empathize and identify with a vast array of people and personality types. This quality drew him into a diverse group of friends and acquaintances. Cristian was intelligent and had little trouble getting along with his peers. He was almost always the first to jump in when it came to playing games or participating in other childhood activities. Cristian took part in football, basketball, and baseball. In his spare time he liked video games and hanging out with friends. Cristian's memorable achievements included youth state baseball championship, rec state basketball championship, freshman baseball golden glove award, and 2 varsity football letters. Cristian had the ability to find amusement with almost any activity he and the many childhood friends he shared might discover.

      During his high school years, Cristian responded enthusiastically to any new project and was regularly in search of one adventure after another. He graduated from Champlin Park High School in 2017. Cristian was a very good student, and generally did well in his courses. For Cristian, school often became just an extension of playtime, thanks to his ability to turn just about anything into a game. Classmates considered Cristian a good listener, knowing that when necessary, they could go to him to discuss just about anything. His favorite class in high school was Power Volleyball 1, 2, and 3 (3 times!). He was an honor roll student, amazing intramural volleyball player, and starting varsity wide receiver.

      With a talent for making acquaintances easily which in turn brought him an endless stream of friends, Cristian was very sociable and could blend without effort into any social group. Outgoing and confident, Cristian was easy to know and demonstrated a deep concern for others. He always seemed aware of what was going on with people around him and throughout his life he made many, many friends. While growing up, some of his best friends were made through his many sports teams. He was a friend to everyone.

      Cristian was an exceptional worker. His primary occupation was playing video games, although he was paid very poorly. He was employed by the city of Anoka, city of Champlin, city of Fargo, North Ridge Landscaping, and Costco. Cristian had the uncanny ability to identify a win/win solution to just about any problem, possibly because of his gift for insight. Cristian's fellow workers saw him as a supporter and a mentor.

      Because Cristian loved to have a broad variety of activities in his life, he took advantage of the opportunity to pursue numerous hobbies. His favorite pursuits were videos games, sports, and hanging out with friends. Cristian had a knack for being able to multi-task in order to create time for all of his favorite pastimes. However, Cristian's ever-present concern for others always took precedent.

      Cristian derived much satisfaction from participating in sports. His charisma, supportive nature and ability to improvise when called upon to do so all made perfect attributes for enjoying a great many sporting activities. In high school, Cristian played CP freshman baseball, rec baseball, rec basketball, intermural volleyball, and CP football. At NDSU, Cristian continued to stay active by playing coed volleyball. Cristian was a sports fan and enjoyed watching his favorite Golden State basketball, but he much preferred to play rather than watch.

      Though he never did anything solely for individual recognition, Cristian's ingenuity, resourcefulness, and selflessness, earned him accolades for his many lifelong efforts. One of his most recent prestigious moments included having 7 viewers on his Twitch account.

      Some of Cristian's favorite vacations included visiting the cabin, Disney World, and Christmas Holidays.

      Cristian was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. Blayde, our yellow lab, was a best friend for 6 years. And, our dog Maxx became a friend, too. As a child he had Bubba the cat and a hamster named TJ.

      Cristian Schmidt passed away on January 17, 2019 at Maple Grove, MN. Cristian passed away in a single person car accident. He is survived by his parents John and Sara; brother Tyeler; and sister ShaiAnne. Services were held at Word of Peace Lutheran Church. Very recently Cristian expressed his desire to be cremated.

      There was always a certain style and inventiveness to Cristian. He was a dynamic, self-expressive person who was forever looking to celebrate the endless possibilities life had to offer. He had a knack for being clever, creative and witty, and for others, was a joy to be around. While he was often fiercely independent, it seemed as if many others looked to Cristian Schmidt for inspiration, leadership, wisdom and even courage. Cristian was always more than willing to share life’s experiences with his loved ones. He had a "go hard or go home" attitude. Cristian, you are forever in our hearts.