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Ernest W. Schmeidler

October 2, 2017
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Ernest W. Schmeidler died Monday, October 2 in Wichita, Kansas.  He was 93. Ernie was born to William J. and Rose (Wolf) Schmeidler in Hays, Kansas on March 25, 1924.  He was the oldest of six children.

Ernie attended St Joseph’s Military Academy in Hays and later joined the U.S. Army.  When his military service was complete, he returned to Kansas and began a career in management.  He found his greatest satisfaction in sales and meeting people.

Ernie was a lifetime, independent learner.  In his time away from work, he found pleasure in gardening, puzzles, watching sports, but most especially dancing.  Rooted in his faith, Ernie cared deeply about the Catholic Church and longed to see the priesthood thrive.

Ernie is survived by his sisters Carol (Mel) Romme of Overland Park, Jeanette Flax of Topeka, and sister-in-law Joan Schmeidler of Wichita. 

He was preceded in death by wife Virginia “Jeanie” (Schmidtberger), his parents, siblings Bill, James, Sr. Bonaventure, and brother-in-law Rudy Flax.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday, October 6, 2017 at The Basilica of St. Fidelis in Victoria, Kansas. Burial in the parish cemetery with military honors.

Visitation is 4:30-8 p.m. Thursday at Brock’s-Keithley Funeral Chapel and Crematory, 2509 Vine Hays, KS.  The family will receive guests at 6 p.m. The prayer service and rosary will begin at 7 p.m.

Memorials are suggested to Thomas More Prep-Marian High School, 1701 Hall St., Hays, KS 67601.

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 Service Information

October 5, 2017

4:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Brock's North Hill Chapel
2509 Vine Street
Hays, Kansas 67601

Combined rosary and vigil service
October 5, 2017

7:00 PM
Brock's North Hill Chapel
2509 Vine Street
Hays, Kansas 67601

Funeral Service
October 6, 2017

10:00 AM
Basilica of St. Fidelis
Victoria, Kansas 67671

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