BARTLEY -- Kenneth D. Schmidt, 78, died Tuesday (Dec. 17, 2002) at the C.A. Mues Memorial Good Samaritan Center in Arapahoe.
He was born July 23, 1924, to John and Ella (Bridgeford) Schmidt. He grew up on a farm in the Bartley area.
On April 5, 1943, he married Luella Purvis. He farmed with his father until 1944, when he entered into the U.S. Army.
He served in the Pacific Island during World War II. He was honorably discharged on March 12, 1946, and received the Good Conduct medal and Purple Heart with a Bronze Star.
After returning home from the war, the couple made their home on a farm north of Indianola. They moved to Bartley in 1975.
He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, Lions and served on the town council. He was also a member of St. Catherine's Catholic Church at Indianola.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Luella; brothers, Robert and Donald; and two step-sisters, Freda and Esther.
Survivors include two daughters, Carol and husband, John Blake of Henderson, Nev., and Barbara and husband, Charles Tines of Venango; five grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday, 10:30 a.m., at St. Catherine's Catholic Church of Indianola with the Rev. Nicholas Baker officiating. Interment will follow at the Bartley Cemetery.
The rosary will be recited Sunday, 7:30 p.m., at Lockenour-Jones Mortuary in Cambridge.
Memorials may be given in his name.
Lockenour-Jones Mortuary of Cambridge is in charge of arrangements.