John Joseph Schmidt

October 23, 1945-May 25, 2019

John Joseph Schmidt, 73, of Columbus, died Saturday, May 25, 2019, in Columbus.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, May 29, at St. Anthony Catholic Church, with the Rev. Ross Burkhalter and Rev. Del Lape concelebrating the Mass. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 28, at McKown Funeral Home. There will be a 7 p.m. vigil service Tuesday, also at the funeral home. Visitation will continue from 8:30-10:30 a.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home. Interment will be in the All Saints Cemetery, with military honors by Hartman Post #84 American Legion Honor Guard. In lieu of flowers or plants, memorials may be made to be designated to the family's choice.

John grew up in Columbus and attended St. Anthony grade school and junior high. He entered the United States Army at the age of 17. He spent the majority of his military time in Germany, which sparked his interest in the country and led to him taking several trips back in later years. He married Mary Ann Sumovich in 1967, and they made Columbus their home for 52 years.

He worked for the City of Columbus for nearly 20 years. John worked at McKown Funeral Home, worked as a private investigator, and did bailiff work for the District Court. He was a lifetime member of St. Anthony’s parish, former parish council member, former Grand Knight for the Knights of Columbus, former commander with the DAV, and a member of the American Legion.

Outside of work, John was a great resource to many because of his ability to fix anything. He was a man of many interests and talents. He was known for his very unique woodwork creations (many of which were donated) including items ranging from personalized walking sticks, intricate hand-carved furniture and clocks, to nine-foot realistic guitars, two of which have found their home at the Johnny Cash museum in Nashville, Tennessee. This meant a lot to John, having met Johnny Cash and being a lifelong fan.

For the better part of John’s life, he found great joy in spending time on the river, whether mushroom hunting, three-wheeling or exploring. He loved all aspects of nature.

Those that knew him best loved his sharp wit and unique sense of humor.

John is survived by wife, Mary Ann Schmidt of Columbus; son, John B. (Rachael) Schmidt of Kansas City, Missouri; daughter, Sheila (John Novack) Schmidt of Big Lake, Minnesota; son, Rich (Adriene Welch) Schmidt of Columbus; son, Monty Schmidt of Columbus; daughter, Misty (Thad) Swanson of Minneapolis; four grandchildren: Casey Schmidt and Macy Williams of Kansas City, Justin and Brittany VanBuskirk of Minneapolis; three great-grandchildren; brother, Jim (Darlene) Schmidt of Kennard; brother, Richard “Dick” (Barbara) Schmidt of Lakeport, California.

He is preceded in death by parents, Julius and Vera (Schefcick) Schmidt; sister, Jeannie Schmidt; brother, Jerome Schmidt in infancy.

Remembrances can be sent at www.mckownfuneralhome.com.

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