Daniel C. Schmitt, 69, of rural Winthrop, Iowa, died peacefully at home on Saturday, February 29, 2020 after a lengthy illness.
Mass of Christian Burial: 10:30 A.M. Monday, March 9, 2020, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Winthrop, Iowa with Fr. David Beckman officiating.
Visitation: 3:00 to 7:00 P.M. Sunday and from 9:00 to 10:00 A.M. Monday at the Fawcett-Schmitz Funeral Home in Winthrop.
Interment: St. John’s Cemetery, Independence, Iowa.
In lieu of flowers, please direct memorials to the family to be decided at a later date.
Online obituary at www.jamisonschmitzfuneralhome.com
Daniel Casper Schmitt was born December 13, 1950 in Waterloo, Iowa the son of Richard A. & Marguerite (Ortner) Schmitt. He was baptized at St. John’s Catholic Church in Independence, Iowa and was later confirmed at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Elkader, Iowa. Dan was raised on a farm near Elkader, Iowa. He was active in 4-H and FFA, participated in little league and graduated in 1969 from Central High School, in Elkader, Iowa. Dan was drafted into the U.S. Army in June 1970, served in Vietnam, and was honorably discharged in January 1972.
Dan married Jari Lee Daniels on October 19, 1974 in Oelwein, Iowa. They had three children: daughters Traci and Staci and son Joshua. In 2018, he was delighted with the addition of granddaughter Maizie to the family.
Dan worked as an electrician for Amana Refrigeration, then E&S Electric in Cedar Rapids, Iowa before starting Schmitt Implement buying and selling machinery. In 1987 he and Jari started farming near Winthrop, Iowa as well, first raising hogs then raising beef cattle. Many weekends, Dan could be found at a machinery auction where he always found someone he knew to talk to; and family vacations always included trips through dealerships looking for a bargain. He passed on his interest in machinery and love of Oliver tractors to his son. In the last few years, his son Josh had joined him working with the business and the farm. In earlier years, Dan enjoyed deer and pheasant hunting.
Dan is survived by his wife Jari Schmitt of Winthrop, his two daughters: Traci Schmitt of Waterloo & Staci (Andy) Osborn of Winthrop, and his granddaughter Maizie Osborn. He is also survived by two sisters: Sharon Schmitt of Winthrop and Diane (Don) Bails of Norway; two brothers Lawrence (Tari) Schmitt of Sierra Vista, Arizona and James Schmitt of Independence; a sister-in-law Terri Schmitt of Olin; and a brother-in-law Brad (Mary) Daniels of Randalia. He also leaves behind many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and other family members.
Dan was preceded in death by his son Joshua Schmitt on November 28, 2019. Also predeceasing Dan were his parents Richard and Marguerite (Ortner) Schmitt and three siblings: Baby Schmitt, Andrew Schmitt & Vincent Schmitt.