In Memory Of


In Memory Of
Fred died on Saturday, June 28, 2015, at the Glendive
Medical Center, Glendive, MT.
Fred is survived by his brother, Father Bartley
Schmitz, of Taiwan and his sister, Avis (Schmitz) Zoanni,
Helena, MT.
Fred was preceded in death by his parents; his
brothers, John, Joseph, Alphonse “Al”; his sisters,
Carlena, Mary (Schmitz) Zoanni, and Ruthie; brother-inlaws, Aldo Zoanni, Don Zoanni; sister-in-laws, Beatrice
“Bea”, Margerite Hunter, Chris ne Fink; nephews, Robert
Schmitz and Fred Schmitz; nieces, Ruth Ann Schmitz and
Mary Schmitz.
In Memory Of
Fred Anton Schmitz
March 20, 1925
June 28, 2015
Fred Anton Schmitz
I will lift up mine eyes unto
the hills, from whence
cometh my help
My help cometh from the Lord,
which made heaven and
The Lord is thy keeper; the Lord
is thy shade upon thy right
The sun shall not smite thee by day,
nor the moon by night.
The Lord shall preserve thee from all
He shall preserve thy soul.
The Lord shall preserve thy going
out and thy coming in from
this time forth, and even for
Psalm 121
March 20, 1925 Charlie Creek, MT
June 28, 2015
Glendive, MT
Mass of the Christian Burial
10:00 A.M., Friday, July 10, 2015
St. Matthew’s Catholic Church
Sidney, Montana
Father Jim O’Neil
Father Ned Shinnick
Christopher Bengochea
Jubilee Keller
Lestai Keller
Joe Schmitz John Schmitz Rhema Keller
Dick Zoanni Dave Zoanni Jim Zoanni
Honorary Casketbearers
All of Fred’s many friends and family
Lunch will be served at the Parrish
Center following the Mass
Interment with Military Honors
By The Montana Honor Guard
V.F.W. Post #4099 of Sidney
1:00 P.M., Friday, July 10, 2015
St. Bernard’s Catholic Cemetery
Charlie Creek, Montana
You may share your remembrances and condolences
with the family at the Fulkerson-Stevenson Funeral Home
Fred Anton Schmitz was born in Richland County at
the homestead across from Brockton, MT 6 miles south
of the Missouri River to Anton and Katherine (Noehl)
Schmitz. He was born in the log cabin which had been
the homestead building. Fred was the ninth child in the
family; he joined four brothers and four sisters. He
a ended the Schmitz School through the 8 grade and
then swept through four years of high school as a
student janitor. He spent 2 ½ years in the US Army from
July 9 , 1943 un l December 22, 1945. During his me
in the Army he traveled all over the United States as well
as overseas. He traveled to Glasgow, Scotland, with the
9 Army headquartered at Bristol, England as well as MiForet, France; Arlon, Belgium; Maastricht, Netherlands
and Braunsberg, Germany.
He was held in the
Maastricht during the “Ba le of the Bulge” and could
see the ar llery re 10 miles away. When he sailed from
New York Harbor to Glasgow, Scotland he traveled on
the Queen Elizabeth across the Atlan c Ocean. On the
trip home the troops traveled on a freighter which
normally carried 250 passengers; it carried 8,000 on
board some of which had to be in the cargo hold.
Following the war he went home and spent almost a
year before star ng college in Bozeman, MT. He
a ended his second year of college at Rockhurst College
in Kansas City, MO. A er that he spent the next 7 years
at St. Edward’s Seminary, near Sea le, WA in prepara on
for ordina on to the priesthood. He nished his studies
and was ordained a Deacon and decided not to become
a priest. Then two more years at Gonzaga University in
Spokane, WA before nally going to work for the
government at NACA (which within 6 months became
NASA) where he spent a total of 11 years at Ames
Research Center. While there his work was repeatedly
interrupted by detached re na opera ons. Finally in
1970 he took an early disability re rement. He went
back to the farm for 37 years or so and then to the
Crestwood for the last several years.