April 9, 1927 – April 30, 2020
Leo Schmidt, 93, of Yakima, passed away at Cottage in the Meadow on April 30, 2020. He was born to Henry and Elizabeth (Baer) Schmidt in Hirschville, ND on April 9, 1927. He was the 11th of 14 children, and was the last surviving sibling. He attended school in the Whitstran/Prosser area. In 1945 Leo enlisted in the U.S. Army. He served for 2 years stationed in Italy. He and Shirley Traversie were married on June 10, 1950 at St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Toppenish, WA.
Leo worked in the grocery business as a self-taught meat cutter, he enjoyed the grocery business and even after retiring he volunteered at the St. Vincent Center food bank. He bowled in the All-Catholic league and for several years he and his 5 brothers bowled on the Schmidt Beer Team. Leo was a member of St. Paul Cathedral, where he was a greeter and an usher for many years. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus #894, and a 65 year member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Yakima Aerie #289. He was also a member of the AHSGR, the Central Washington Chapter 19, Germans from Russian Society. He belonged to the German Dance Club, dancing waltzes and polkas. He enjoyed going with his son Leo to Port Ludlow for clams and oysters. Earlier years were spent camping and fishing as well as vegetable gardening.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his 7 brothers, Paul, Frank, Jack, Pete, Tom, Wilfred and Charles, his 6 sisters, Katheryn Koffler, Rose Reiter, Elizabeth Messer, Helen Keller, Pauline Cowley and Ann Ricard. Five weeks before Leo’s death his oldest daughter Gail (Low) Styner passed away.
He is survived by his devoted wife Shirley, his son William Leo and daughter Maryellen (Randy) May. He was known as “Papa” to his 8 grandchildren: Isham, Carley and Chandler Schmidt, Shannon and Ryan (Yvette Lippert) Low, Dasha Low-Styner, Kathy (David) Homa and Sarah (Adam) Smith. He is also survived by his 9 great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews and 1 sister-in-law, Helen Schmidt.
A private Graveside Service will be held at Calvary Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to St. Paul cathedral or the St. Vincent Food Bank. To leave a memory for the family please visit lepfuneralhome.com.
- He is survived by his devoted wife Shirley, his son William Leo and daughter Maryellen (Randy) May. He was known as “Papa” to his 8 grandchildren: Isham, Carley and Chandler Schmidt, Shannon and Ryan (Yvette Lippert) Low, Dasha Low-Styner, Kathy (David) Homa and Sarah (Adam) Smith. He is also survived by his 9 great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews and 1 sister-in-law, Helen Schmidt.
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- Shannon Low
- Ryan Low
- Chandler Schmidt
- Adam Smith
- Isham Schmidt
- William Leo Schmidt
Thursday, May 7, 2020
May 8, 2020
Leo was such a kind and giving soul. He was never without a smile. He was a collector of a lot of stuff. He figured someone could use it and he was right. Giving so much of that stuff to others that were in need. Leo and I would work together for the Knights of Columbus and YLI fund raiser getting supplies to work at the Indian John Rest Area distributing coffee and cookies to travelers for many years. A lot of those items were donated to Leo for our use or he would find good deals and purchase them and get reimbursed later. Leo and I would work the graveyard shift in the kiosk. It would get real slow for travelers so we would play a lot of cribbage. I never saw anyone that would be as lucky as he was always getting the perfect hands. I voice my displeasure and he would just laugh. Their were many Knights of Columbus and YLI activities he and Shirley were always helping in. I will miss Leo tremendously. God bless his soul.
May 6, 2020
Leo was a member of Yakima Knights of Columbus Council 894 for the past 36+ years. I had the pleasure of working with him while he served as the council's Treasurer, which he did for nearly 15 years. He spent many, many years volunteering at St. Vincent's Food Bank along with my uncle, Bob Desgrosellier. I myself have been volunteering there for the past 3 years and recall the many times Leo came by to drop off food donations and walnuts. There are still several pictures showing him working and receiving recognition that are hanging on the walls of the food bank. He was an exemplary knight and we will all miss him.
Donations to the St. Vincent Center Food Bank have been made in Leo's memory by the Yakima Knights of Columbus and several of his brother knights. Rest in peace brother.
Yakima Knights of Columbus 894
May 6, 2020
We will truly miss seeing Leo at the 9:00 AM Sunday mass and at the Parish Picnic. We send our prayers to your family.
Kevan and Anne Montoya
May 6, 2020
Leo delivered food to the elderly, or in many cases his peers. He was a great man and I hope he is enjoying his express pass to heaven