Stanley Schmidt

Stanley Schmidt

Thursday, March 28th, 1935 Wednesday, June 10th, 2020

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Obituary for Stanley Walter Schmidt

Stanley W. Schmidt
March 28, 1935 - June 10, 2020

Stan went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, June 10, 2020. Son of Henry & Ida (Ratzlaff) Schmidt. Stanley was born on a farm near Amity, OR and graduated from Willamina High School in 1953. Stan joined the National Guard in Oregon and after working a few years in a plywood mill in the Willamina-Sheridan area Stan transferred in the guard to California. He owned and operated Pomona Valley Music, where he sold musical instruments and taught guitar. During his time in California Stan met Irby Mandrell, father of country singer Barbara Mandrell. When Barbara was young, Stan accompanied her on guitar during some of her shows. Stan also became good friends with John Fine, son of Larry Fine known for his role as one of the Three Stooges.

Stan moved back to Dallas, Oregon in 1961 and began attending Church at Grace Mennonite Church, where his Stepmother Bertha (Vogt) Schmidt pointed out his future bride of 57 years NaDean (Schellenberg) Schmidt. They were married April 5, 1963. Since having a family requires a paycheck, Stan began his career as an agent with State Farm Insurance which he continued working until his passing.

Stan was an avid model railroad enthusiast and built his own 35x35 railroad layout in his shop. It has been featured as a tour stop on the National Model Railroaders Association convention which had visitors come from as far away as England and Australia.

Stan also loved travel and fine dining. He loved to travel to Kona, HI once a year when he could. You could find Stan most nights at his favorite restaurant in Salem – Rudy’s Steakhouse.

He was preceded in death by his parents Henry & Ida Schmidt, brothers Clarence and Alden, and sisters Ruby, Esther, and Myrtle. Stan is survived by his wife NaDean Schmidt, son and wife Kevin and Lisa Schmidt, son and wife Kalon and Christine Schmidt, grandchildren Jordyn Howard, Amanda Schmidt, Bradley Schmidt, Gunnar Schmidt, and Timothy Schmidt, great grandchildren Tristan and Easton Howard, and Jackson McKibben.

Viewing will be held at the Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center Sunday, June 14, 2020 from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm. A private family graveside service will be held in the Dallas Cemetery with military honors. Memorial are suggested to the Union Gospel Mission or to the Salvation Army in care of the Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center at 287 SW Washington St. Dallas, Oregon 97338.

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  • Visitation

    Sunday, June 14th, 2020 | 10:00am - 8:00pm
    Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center
    287 SW Washington St.
    Dallas, OR
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    Sunday, June 14th, 2020
    10:00am - 8:00pm
  • Service

    Private Family Services
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  • Interment

    Dallas Cemetery
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Mitch & Kelleigh Ratzlaff sent flowers to the family of Stanley Walter Schmidt.
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Dear Uncle Stan,
I'm saddened that Liz and I were not able to see you in Oregon one more time for a tour of the wineries and a Martini with you and NaDean. I am happy we got together here in LV last January.
I shall miss you, RIP
Comment | Posted at 06:15pm via Condolence

Mitch & Kelleigh Ratzlaff

Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss... Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.
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Jim and Trudy Biotti

Stan was a great friend to both Trudy and I and will be missed very much.
Great memories of Stan of the past will be with us forever.
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