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Kenneth Schmidt May 14, 1954 - sept. 12, 2009

REDWOOD FALLS --Kenneth Gene Schmidt, 55, of Redwood Falls, died Saturday at Redwood Area Hospital after battling cancer.

The service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Grace Lutheran Church in Belview. Burial will be in Belview Cemetery at a later date.

Visitation is from 4 to 7 p.m. today at Redwood Valley Funeral Home and continues Tuesday for one hour prior to service at the church.

He was born May 14, 1954, in Clear Lake, S.D., to Marvin and Florence (Luepke) Schmidt. He graduated from Springfield High School in May 1972 and enlisted in the U.S. Air Force.

On May 21, 1977, he married Deb Cole in Belview. They lived in Belview. He was employed at Zytec in Redwood Falls. They moved to North Redwood in 1988. In 2000, they moved to a lake home in Ottertail. He worked at Crane Johnson in Perham for eight years. They moved back to Redwood Falls in 2008. He worked at Daktronics for a short time.

He was a member of the Belview Fire/Ambulance Department and North Ambulance in Redwood Falls.

He is survived by his wife; daughters: Joni Schmidt of Marshall and Lyndsay Schmidt of New Brighton; two grandsons; his mother; and siblings: Deb (and Roy) Pharr of Buckeye, Ariz.; Harley Schmidt of Belview; Kathy (and Joe) Kirk of Sacred Heart; Chuck Schmidt of Belview and Jacky Schmidt of Belview.