Maynard Herman Schmidt
December 11, 1940 – November 29, 2020
Age 79 of Blaine. Names and dates when paired with locations may neatly sum up a life in a paragraph, however, that paragraph can in no way sum up a life well lived or a man that was loved.
Maynard H. Schmidt was born in Ransom County, North Dakota on December 11, 1940 to Joy and Audrey (Froemke) Schmidt.
Maynard passed away, with his daughter by his side, from complications of COVID pneumonia on November 29, 2020, just shy of his 80th Birthday.
Maynard was a gentle soul who touched the lives of many. Maynard never met a stranger, loved all animals, and until the end, could tell a “Tommy” joke and knew the Hawkeyes were the better team.
In his early years Maynard graduated from Lisbon High School and attended North Dakota State College of Science. In Lisbon Maynard loved to fly his plane from his parent’s farm. After moving to Iowa City, Iowa Maynard married Barbara Weber. Maynard and Barb enjoyed family outings, camping, boating, and of course, all things Hawkeye.
Through the years Maynard touched the lives of many children who came to “Barb’s” Daycare. They too, remember his gentle spirit, but most of all they remember when asking for permission, it would be best to ask Maynard.
Left to honor his memory are his wife, Barb; children, Todd, and Tina (Lori); sister, Betty; nieces, Kelley (Anne) and Jill Owen, Liz (Aaron) Anderson; nephew, Mason (Peggy) Owen; great-nephews, Chase (Katie) Owen, Mitchell (Wanda) and Nicholas Williams; great-great-nephew, Brandt;Uncle and Aunt, Argil and Holly Froemke; many beloved cousins and family members from both the Froemke and Schmidt families; and his rescue cat, Tommy.
Due to the COVID restrictions a celebration of Maynard’s life will be held at a later date. His family asks that if you are so moved to make a donation in his honor, that they be made to the Anselm Trinity Lutheran Church in Sheldon, ND, the Heartland Humane Society in
Ottumwa, Iowa, or directly to the family to be donated later in his honor.