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Carl Schmidt - August 28, 2009

Carl Arthur Schmidt, son of Arthur George and Esther Caroline Nierman Schmidt, was born Feb. 21, 1920 in rural Amherst. He died Aug. 28, 2009 after a lengthy battle with cancer.

Carl was baptized into the Christian faith at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Amherst on March 20, 1920. Later, as a young man, he reaffirmed his baptismal covenant through the rite of confirmation on March 25, 1934, also in St. Paul’s.

Carl attended the school at St. Paul’s Lutheran School in Amherst completing the eighth grade. He then attended Phillips County High School in Holyoke, graduating in 1936.

Carl enlisted in the army on Jan. 31, 1942. He served in World War II and was discharged on Feb. 28, 1946. While serving, Carl earned the America Service Medal, Asiatic Pacifica Service Medal, Philippine Liberation Ribbon with one bronze star, World War II Victory Medal and the Good Conduct Medal.

After returning home following his time in the service, Carl farmed in the Amherst area. He also was co-owner of Plains Liquor in Holyoke. He retired from farming in 1991.

Carl married Marilyn Eileen Busch Einspahr on May 12, 1962 in St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. Following their marriage, Carl and Marilyn made their home in Holyoke.

Carl was very active in St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Amherst and Zion Lutheran Church in Holyoke. He was a member of the VFW, American Legion, Pheasants Forever, Ducks Unlimited and the Moose Lodge in Fort Collins.

Carl was a member of the Amherst Volunteer Fire Department of 50 years. He served as a board member for the Credit Union for 26 years. He also worked for VITA, helping the elderly with their income tax returns.

Carl was preceded in death by his parents and by one son, Mark Allen Einspahr.

Carl is survived by his wife, Marilyn; a granddaughter, Amanda Mae Einspahr of Stryker, Mont.; a grandson, Allen Gene Park of Blackwell, Okla.; three sisters, Leona Oltjenbruns and husband Milton of Holyoke, Wilma Jean Prussman and husband Lyle of Greeley and Lois Schilke of Imperial, Neb.; two brothers, Merle and wife Carol of Holyoke and Les and wife Shirley of Rawlings, Wyo.; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services for Carl were held at Zion Lutheran Church in Holyoke. Rev. Gary Rahe officiated. Burial was in Holyoke Memorial Park. Baucke Funeral Home of Holyoke handled the arrangements.