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Robert L. Schmidtberger

October 8, 1927 — January 7, 2018

Robert L. Schmidtberger

Victoria, Kansas Robert L. Schmidtberger, age 90, died Sunday, January 7, 2018, at his home. He was born October 8, 1927, on a farm north of Gorham, Kansas, to John F. and Albina (Frank) Schmidtberger. He married Marie A. (Bollig) on October 17, 1949, at Victoria, Kansas. She preceded him in death on September 20, 2017.

He was an oil field pumper for Dreiling Oil Company for 35 years and was a farmer. Bob grew up in the Gorham area and was a graduate of Gorham High School. He was drafted into the Army but never was called to service. Robert and his brother Lewis started Schmidtberger Construction Company. He lived in Gorham, Buckeye and Hays, before moving to Victoria in 1950. After his retirement he was a contract pumper for a number of years.

He a member of The Basilica of St. Fidelis, Victoria, Kansas and was a church usher for over 50 years. He was a member of The Gorham State Bank Board, and served 12 years on the U.S.D. #432 School Board. He was inducted into the Fair Board Hall of Fame at the Kansas State Fair in Hutchinson, Kansas. Bob and his wife Marie, started The Victoria Vikings 4-H Club and were Club Leaders for 18 years. He served on the Ellis County Fair Board for 20 years and was very active with the Ellis County 4-H. He also helped in the construction and design of the current Ellis County Fairgrounds.

Survivors include six sons, Jerry Schmidtberger, Leroy Schmidtberger and wife, LeeAnn, Wayne Schmidtberger, Ron Schmidtberger and wife, Kim, all of Victoria, KS; Gary Schmidtberger and wife, Wanda, Hays, KS; Pat Schmidtberger, Wichita, KS; one daughter, Judy Rupp and husband, Rick, Victoria, KS; one brother, Paul Schmidtberger and wife, Vera, Great Bend, KS; one sister, Lila Jean Bollig, Hays, KS; 15 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; two brothers, Lewis Schmidtberger and wife, Armella, Elmer Schmidtberger and wives, Jean, Norma and Velma; one brother-in-law Edwin Bollig; one sister-in-law, Theresa Bollig, two nephews, Raymond Schmidtberger and Steven Schmidtberger; one daughter-in-law, Louise Schmidtberger; one great grandson, Jonah Schmidtberger; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Anthony and Euphrosina (Hoffman) Bollig.

Services are at 10:00 A.M. Friday, at The Basilica of St. Fidelis and burial in St. Fidelis Cemetery, Victoria. A vigil service/rosary will be at 6:30 P.M. Thursday, at The Basilica of St. Fidelis, Victoria.

Visitation will be from 6:00 to 9:00 P.M. Thursday, and from 9:00 to 10:00 A.M. Friday, at The Basilica of St. Fidelis.

Memorials are suggested to NBPs Cozy Caregivers.

Services are entrusted to Cline's-Keithley Mortuary, 412 Main Street, Victoria, KS 67671.

Condolences can be left by guestbook at or can be sent via e-mail to

Service Information

Funeral Mass Friday

January 12, 2018

10:00 AM

Basilica of St. Fidelis


Victoria, Kansas 67671

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