Mark F. Schmidt

Mark Francis Schmidt, age 91 of Hartington, Nebraska, died unexpectedly at his residence on Sunday, May 3, 2020.

Mass of Christian Burial will be on Wednesday, May 6, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. with the Rev. Owen Korte officiating.  Burial will be at St. Michael’s cemetery in Hartington. There will be a private family viewing.   A public viewing for Mark will be at church on Wednesday, without family present, from 8:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.  The funeral will be limited to 100 people with face coverings being required. To watch a live stream of the funeral service, please go to

Pallbearers will be Chris Schmidt, Brandon Frazee, Andy Schmidt, Guy Ormiston, Greg Ormiston, and Nick Heller.

Honorary pallbearers will be Jim & Tami Anderson, Marks’s grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Mark Francis Schmidt was born on April 13, 1929 in Hartington, Nebraska to John Peter and Anna (Stevens) Schmidt. He began working on his dad’s farm when he was a sophomore in high school after his father had a heart attack.   He married Dorothy Ann Hoebelheinrich on October 23, 1957 in Menominee, Nebraska.  Mark obtained his High School GED in 1973.  He and Dorothy moved into Hartington in 1985.

Mark farmed his entire life south of Hartington and began farming with his son Ken in 1980, and then farmed with his grandson Chris Schmidt in 2001. The farm has been in the Schmidt family for 127 years.

Mark was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church, he was an EME for over 45 years, Knights of Columbus, and held an hour of perpetual adoration at Holy Trinity for many years. Mark enjoyed gardening and always said his hobby was “work”.

Mark is survived by three children, Kenneth Francis (Sheila) Schmidt of Hartington, Marty Schmidt of Hartington, Gail (Guy) Ormiston of Maypearl, TX; daughter-in-law Jeanie Schmidt of Maryville, MO;  son-in-law Nick Heller of Wisner, NE; 11 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren – Chris (Sally) Schmidt –their children Alex & Nathan of Hartington, Kelly (Brandon) Frazee –their children Lizzy & Colin of Yankton, SD, Dana Schmidt of Yankton, SD, Diane Schmidt of Hartington, Rachelle (Shaun) Hanley –their children Austyn & Caleb of Lincoln, NE, Calista Ormiston & Greg Ormiston of Texas, Maggie Schmidt & Andy Schmidt of Maryville, MO, Kate Heller of Omaha, NE, and Jill Heller of Vermillion, SD; Marks’s sister Clare Schmidt of Hartington.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Dorothy on June 19, 2009 at the age of 81 years; son Gerard Mark Schmidt on 12/10/1997; daughter Carol Ann Heller in December of 2018; two brothers Joseph Schmidt in 1934 and John Schmidt in 2019.

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2 response to "Mark F. Schmidt"

  1. By: damian hoesing Posted: May 5, 2020

    Marty, Kenny, and Gail, It is with great sadness to hear of the passing of your dad, Mark. You were great neighbors growing up and playing together as kids. I have very fond memories of those simpler times. Know that my prayers and thoughts are with you now.

  2. By: Stephanie Noecker Posted: May 6, 2020

    Marty, Kenny and Gail, I am so sorry for your loss. Mark was so kind and generous, and I loved his sly sense of humor. I wish I could be with you today, but am sending prayers for your dad and your family!

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