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Ronnie Joseph Schmidt

November 17, 1944 ~ February 17, 2019 (age 74)

Ronnie Joseph Schmidt was born November 17, 1944 in Hays, Kansas, youngest of three children born to George and Monica (Urban) Schmidt.  He grew up in Pfeifer where his family farmed.  They were members of the Holy Cross Catholic Church. 

Ronnie served his country in the United States Army and Army National Guard. He was honorably discharged with the rank of Specialist E4 on December 12, 1969 after 5 and 1/2 years of service.

On September 16, 1967, Ronnie was united in marriage with Karen Vavra at St. Margaret Mary Church in Wichita, Kansas.  This union was blessed with two sons: Nathan and Preston.  The family made their home in Pfeifer, Kansas for many years before moving to Argonia, KS and later to their farm near Norwich, Kansas.

Ronnie retired from Farrar Inc. in Norwich where he worked many years as a machinist.  He was skilled at mechanics and carpentry.  He worked for Ellis County Highway Department when they lived in Pfeifer. 

Ronnie was an avid hunter and fisherman and enjoyed spending time on his boat at many different lakes. Moving to the farm brought him great joy as he loved being in the quiet country.  For many years he raised pheasant and quail. Some of his most favorite times were venturing back home to Pfeifer with his boys for weekend hunting and fishing getaways.  He also made very tasty wines.  Trips to Sokol Hall and card games were always exciting and interesting with family. He also never missed a chance at a good dance.  Many great times were enjoyed at the Pfeifer Dance Hall. 

On February 17, 2019, Ronnie passed away in Wichita, Kansas at the age of 74 years.  He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Milton; and sister, Elila Jean Butler.

Ronnie will be deeply missed by his wife of 51 years, Karen; sons: Nathan Schmidt and Preston Schmidt and wife, Joni; sisters-in-law, Alfreda Schmidt, Roberta Pryor and Julia Vavra; several nieces and nephews; other relatives and many friends. 

Funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m. Friday, February 22, 2019 at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Pfeifer, Kansas.  Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. to service.  Burial will follow in Holy Cross Cemetery.  Memorials in memory of Ronnie may be made to Holy Cross Charities.

Services are entrusted to Cline’s-Keithley Mortuary, 412 Main Street, Victoria, Kansas 67671.  Condolences can be left by guestbook at or can be sent via e-mail to

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