World War II Air Force veteran and farmer, Herbert Schmidt, 88, of Choteau and formerly of Fairfield, died Friday at Teton Medical Center of complications from a fall in July and from the effects of a stroke he suffered in 2002.
A memorial service is 10:30 a.m. Saturday, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Fairfield, with burial of ashes in the St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery. Herb was born in Ashley, N.D., on Oct. 19, 1920, to Jacob and Karolina Schmidt, the oldest of nine children. In 1942, Herb was drafted into the Army and qualified as a flight engineer in the Air Force on C-46 cargo planes. Prior to being drafted, he proposed to his sweetheart, Esther Rosin and on Feb. 3, 1946. They were married at St. Paul Lutheran Church on the Greenfield Bench. They bought a farm, had a dairy milking operation and had 600 laying hens with eggs sold weekly to Super Save in Great Falls. Some of the crops raised through the years were sugar beets, oats, barley and alfalfa hay. They lived on the farm for 47 years before selling it in 1993 and moving into Fairfield. In 2007, they sold their home in Fairfield and moved to the Skyline Retirement Lodge in Choteau. Throughout their 63 years of marriage, Herb and Esther always took care of each other’s needs and during his later years, Esther would become his dedicated and loving caregiver. Herb and Esther were well known in Havre as they were “grandparents and friends” to many others as they followed their grandchildren to many of their activities including rodeo, 4-H, baseball, basketball, scouts and other school activities. He is survived by his wife, Esther, of Choteau; children, Florence (Bob) Armagost of Grand Bay, Ala., Harlan (Sherril) Schmidt of Reno, Nev., and Betty (Jim) Clark of Havre; grandchildren, Jenny (Justin) Lee of Choteau, Dexin (Jennifer) Hensley of Grand Bay, Ala., Corey (Suzanne) Schmidt of Bakersfield, Calif., and Jamee Clark of Townsend; and eight great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by grandson, Jim Clark, and stepgrandson Kim Armagost. Memorials are suggested to the Skyline Lodge Activity Fund; the Teton Medical Center Foundation, or to the donor's choice. Condolences may be posted online at www.chapelofchimesfunerals. com and/or www.gftribune. com/obituaries.