Gary Joseph Schmitt

Gary Joseph Schmitt age 51 of Fordyce, Nebraska died on Sunday, October 31, 2021 at the Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Mass of Christian Burial will be on Thursday, November 4, 2021 at 10:30 am at the St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Fordyce, Nebraska with Rev. Jim Keiter officiating. Burial will be in the St. John the Baptist Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9:30 until service time at church on Thursday morning. Arrangements are under the direction of the Wintz Funeral Home in Hartington.

Gary was born on July 16, 1970 in Omaha, Nebraska and grew up on his parents’ (Julius and Dolores (Wiepen) Schmitt’s) farm in the Fordyce/Menominee area. Gary attended elementary school in Fordyce and Jr. High in Menominee. He earned his GED and completion of the Construction skills program in a trade school in Rapid City. Gary did construction work for Allen Lammers in the Fordyce area for several years before running his own construction company. Gary then worked for Virgil Kathol’s trucking operation for many years, and has been operating his own truck and trailer since then.

Gary thoroughly enjoyed cooking, grilling, and socializing with his family and close friends. He was a handyman who was always quick to help friends and family with his many talents and skills. He especially enjoyed time with nieces and nephews and their families, along with his faithful dog Walter.  He was a member of the St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Fordyce, NE.

Gary is survived by his brother, Alan Schmitt of West Point, UT; sister, Janine (Mark) Berke of Simpsonville, SC; nieces and nephews, Raed, Rania, Rami, and Rashad Yousef, Jennifer and Michael Schmitt, Zachary and Allyson Berke; and brother-in-law, Bassam Yousef.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Julius and Dolores (Wiepen) Schmitt; and sister, Betty Yousef.

The family would like to thank the staffs of Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton, Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, and the EMTs and first responders who provided great care and assistance this past month.

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9 response to "Gary Joseph Schmitt"

  1. By: Pam (Boeckman) Bruning Posted: November 2, 2021

    My sympathies to the family, I used to spend time with Janine at family gatherings with the Wiepen family.. Got to know Gary better later in life, he was a very nice man. My prayers are with you at this time..

  2. By: Patty Plantenberg Posted: November 2, 2021

    I am so sorry to hear of Gary’s passing, he was such a nice and sweet man. All of my thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends. R.I.P. Gary!

  3. By: ANDREA D SUDBECK Posted: November 2, 2021

    I’m so sorry to hear that Gary has passed. I knew Gary from when he came into his families lives. He would do anything for you. The world lost an incredibly nice man. I will miss his friendly wave when driving down the street. and his once in a while stops to chat a bit. RIP, Gary. See you on the other side.

  4. By: ROGER and Kathy BLASCHKE Posted: November 2, 2021

    My condolences to the family, Gary was such a good guy always was around to help and was so friendly. He was someone I grew up with and we will always remember him.

  5. By: Tammy Blaschke Tomlinson Posted: November 2, 2021

    Alan and Janine so sorry to hear about Gary. Always loved seeing him in Fordyce and having a beer with him. Say goodbye to him for me.

  6. By: Jody albrecht Posted: November 3, 2021

    Grew up with Gary had alot of good times together he was always a good freind my sympathy goes out to the family rest in peace gary

  7. By: Lisa Kkug Posted: November 3, 2021

    Thoughts and Prayers to you Allen and Janine. Gary was always such a Nice, Kind Person.
    Rest in Peace Gary 🙏🏻🙏🏻❤️❤️🙏🏻🙏🏻

  8. By: Jessine Lippert Dutcher Posted: November 4, 2021

    I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Gary.
    I used to hang out with him back in the days of the Lazy D.
    He was a very nice man and fun to be around.
    Again I am so sorry for your families loss.

  9. By: Deanna and Tim Osienger Posted: November 4, 2021

    Janine and Allan, we are so sorry to hear of the passing of Gary. Both of you have our deepest sympathy. Gary was an awesome kid. We remember taking care of the 4 of you. Gary was so kind, thoughtful , and funny and he always had us on our toes. There was never a dull moment. RIP Gary, you may be gone but you will never be forgotton.

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