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Werner Schmidt, 83, of New Auburn

Werner Schmidt, 83, of New Auburn, died Saturday, March 7, 2015, at the Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia.
The funeral service will be Friday, March 13, at noon, at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Helen Township, McLeod County.
Visitation will be Thursday, March 12, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., at the Egesdal Funeral Home in Gaylord, and will continue Friday for one hour prior to the service at the church.
The Rev. Dennis Reichow will officiate at the funeral and Christy Ittel will be the organist. Special music will be “Fly With Me” on CD. Congregational hymns will be “Amazing Grace,” “Abide With Me” and “Stille Nacht.”
Casket bearers will be Derrek Schmidt, Amber Schmidt, Bethany Christenson, Kathryn Christenson, the Rev. Dr. David Christenson and Keith Schmidt.
Interment will be in the High Island Cemetery in New Auburn, with military honors.
Werner John Schmidt was born June 16, 1931, in Penn Township, McLeod County. He was the son of Reinhart and Marie (Bielke) Schmidt. He was baptized as an infant on July 5, 1931, and was confirmed in his faith as a youth on March 25, 1945, both at Immanuel Lutheran Church in New Auburn. He received his education in New Auburn.
Mr. Schmidt entered active military service on Feb. 6, 1952, and served his country during the Korean War. He received the Korean Service Ribbon with Bronze Campaign Stars, the United Nations Service Medal and the National Defense Service Medal. He was honorably discharged on Jan. 20, 1954.
On Aug. 5, 1956, he was united in marriage to Arleen Wilking at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in North Mankato. After their marriage, the couple resided in New Auburn. In March 1968, they moved to their farm in New Auburn Township, Sibley County, where he resided until his death. Mr. Schmidt was employed at Farm Hand Manufacturing in Green Isle for 21 years until it closed. He continued to farm until his death.
Mr. Schmidt was a member of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Helen Township, and a former member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in New Auburn, where he served on the church council. Mr. Schmidt’s grandfather and other relatives were the founding fathers of Immanuel Lutheran Church in New Auburn. He also was a member of the New Auburn Fire Department from 1954 to 1968.
Mr. Schmidt enjoyed going to threshing days, historic agriculture and farming, horses, draft horses, his tractors and farm auctions. He especially loved spending time with his family, especially his children and grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife, Arleen Schmidt of Glencoe; children, Janell (the Rev. Dr. David) Christenson of Sioux Falls, Keith (Pauline) Schmidt of Glencoe and Melanie Schmidt and her significant other, Joseph Cox, and son, Ethan, of North Mankato; grandchildren, Bethany Christenson of Minneapolis, Kathryn Christenson of Mankato, Derrek Schmidt of Glencoe and Amber Schmidt of Glencoe; other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Reinhart and Marie Schmidt; sister, Bernice Wendlandt; nieces, Patricia Eddy and Barbara Brouwer; several aunts and uncles.
Arrangements are with the Egesdal Funeral Home in Gaylord. Online obituaries and guest book can be found at www.hantge.com.