Richard “Dick” Schmidt, 83

By Tribune - Posted on 04 February 2010

  Richard “Dick” Schmidt, 83, of Laurel died at Horizon Hospice House of prostate cancer on February 1, 2010.  

He was born August 20, 1926, the fifth of ten children to Gottfred and Ottilia Schmidt in Mildred, Montana.  Dick graduated from high school in Ismay, MT in 1945.  He entered the Army in May 1945 and served in Europe with a special services unit as part of the Allied Control Authority of the Demobilization Operation.  He was honorably discharged in June 1947.  
Dick married Joyce Higgins in Baker, MT on December 24, 1945, during one of his furloughs.  They had three daughters, Gloria, Marilyn and Nancy.   Dick graduated from Rocky Mountain College in 1954 and received his Masters Degree in School Administration in 1959 from Colorado State Teachers College, Greeley, CO 
Dick coached all sports for 6 years at Rosebud High School, 4 years at Terry High School and basketball and track for 4 years at Baker High School.  In 1968 he took the Superintendent position for 8 years at the Moore Public Schools.  He completed his educational career as Superintendent of the Park City Public Schools in 1982. Dick became a real estate agent in 1980, retiring in 2008.  
Dick enjoyed golf, bowling, bridge and being a great grandfather. 
Dick is preceded in death by his parents; Brothers Thomas and Gotthilf; and grandson Chris.  He is survived by his wife Joyce; daughters Gloria, Marilyn (Tim) and Nancy (Rich); five grandchildren Devon, Alana, Ariel, Jeffery (Robin) and Jon (Heidi); great-grandchildren Aubrey, Austin, Paige, Logan, Evan and Eastan; siblings Ed, Leonard, Alvin, Loraine, Edna, Meriam and Eldora.  
Funeral Services will be 10:30 AM Thursday February 4, 2010 at the United Methodist Church in Laurel.  Interment to follow at the Yellowstone County Veterans Cemetery.  On-line condolences may be made to the Schmidt family at

Published Feb. 3, 2010



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