Joseph W. Schmitz, 92, of Willey, died Friday, Nov. 1, 2019, at Regency Park Nursing Home in Carroll.
Mass of the Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Willey. The celebrant will be Father Kevin Richter. Con-celebrant and homilist will be Father Randy Schon. Music will be by Jane Heithoff and the St. Mary Choir with Joe Ascherl as soloist. Lector will be Dorene Francis. Gift bearers will be Erin Francis, Haley Lux and Evan Huberty. Eucharistic ministers will be Debra Vogl and Darlene Huberty. Casket bearers will be Joseph Policky, Brian Schmitz, Eddie Vogl, Nathan Schmitz, Collin Ascherl, David Francis, Michael Lux and Alex Huberty. Burial will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Carroll.
Funeral arrangements were under the guidance of Sharp Funeral Home in Carroll, and online condolences may be left for Joseph’s family at www.sharpfuneral.com.
Joseph, son of Henry and Sophia (Hansman) Schmitz, was born on July 23, 1927, in Carroll, Iowa. He grew up on the family’s century farm, attended country school, and SS. Peter and Paul School.
On Jan. 24, 1951, Joseph married Esther Niehus, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Remsen, Iowa. Joseph was a lifelong farmer, and over the years he has raised both grain and livestock. Conservation was important to him, and he was one of the first farmers in the area to farm with terraces to prevent erosion. Joseph was very active in the community where he was involved in the Knights of Columbus, Elks Club, 4-H leader for 24 years, Carroll County Democratic Party chairman, Kuemper Parents Club, Iowa State University Extension Council chairman, Beef Producers and Pork Producers. Family, farming, politics and conservation were important to Joseph. Joseph was a member of St. Mary Parish in Willey.
Joseph is survived by his wife of over 68 years, Esther Schmitz, of Willey; eight children: Diane (Jim) Policky of Omaha, Dan (Karen) Schmitz of Carroll, Debra (Edward) Vogl of Arcadia, Doan Schmitz of Ames, Dorene (Joe) Francis of Williamsburg, Donna (Joe) Ascherl of Triangle, Virginia, Denise (Greg) Lux of Carroll, and Darlene (Bill) Huberty of Mitchellville; 25 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; his sister Dorothy Judge of Denver, Colorado; sisters-in-law Carole Voss of Cherokee and Peg Niehus of Remsen; as well as many nieces, nephews and other extended family members.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and siblings: Leonard, Hilbert, Mildred, Charles, Raymond, Morris, Lester, Le Roy Ramona, and Mary and Stanley, both in infancy.