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Roland D. Schmidt

October 26, 1937 ~ August 7, 2018 (age 80)

Roland David Schmidt, age 80, of Watkins, died August 7, 2018 at the Hilltop Care Center in Watkins.  Mass of Christian burial will be held at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church on Tuesday, August 14, 2018 at 10:30 AM.  Burial will be in St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery.  Visitation will be held on Monday from 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM with parish prayers at 7:00 PM at Ertl Funeral Home in Watkins.

Roland was born October 26, 1937 in Minneapolis to Ewald and Minnie Schmidt.  He served proudly in the USAF 1954-1958 as a Jet Mechanic in Las Vegas, Nevada.  He was involved in a serious motorcycle accident during that time, spending a year in the hospital.

Later in life he had a variety of jobs.  Most important to him was being owner – operator of his own business at S & S Steel Roof Decking.  Roland’s last job was truck driver/delivery person for Brown Photo - Blacks Photography.  It was there he got the name “candy man”  for his never ending supply of safety suckers.  He also enjoyed working with the local youth.  He was a member of Impact of Eden Valley-Watkins School and served as a mentor for nine years.  Roland was a member of Watkins American Legion # 453 and DAV Hutchinson # 37.  He enjoyed visiting with friends in Watkins and his buddies at the lake at Island View Resort in Richmond, putting a lot of miles on his golf cart there.

Roland is survived by wife; Gloria, children; Randy (Sue) Schmidt, Roger (Annie) Schmidt, Carl Schmidt, Wayne Schmidt, Rodrick (Stacy) Schmidt, Gary (Diana) Borchardt, Larry (Marcia) Borchardt, Fran (Mark) Rojas, Ken (Cynthia) Borchardt, Linda (Dave) Lamb, sisters; Marrian Borgstahl,  21 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren, pet dog “Cookie”.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Ewald and Minnie, sisters; Allene, Lorraine, Lois, Judy, Fern, brothers; Lyle, Curtis and Robert.

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