May 29, 1934 - October 29, 2017


Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10AM on Friday, November 3, 2017 at St. Mary’s Church in Holdingford for Roger F. Schmidt, age 83 of Holdingford who died on Sunday at the St. Cloud Hospital. Rev. Gregory Mastey will officiate and burial will be in the parish cemetery. Family and friends may call from 4-8PM Thursday, November 2, 2017 and also one hour prior to services on Friday at the church in Holdingford. Parish prayers will be prayed at 4PM Thursday at the church. Arrangements have been entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home, Avon.

Roger was born May 29, 1934 in Holdingford, to John (Jack)& Frances (Hadrich) Schmidt. He attended school in Holdingford, first, country school and then elementary and High school in town. He served his country in the United States Army and served in Germany. Roger worked numerous jobs in the area; at the farmer’s mill, hauling milk for the creamery, farming, ran a tar machine for the road construction, and worked for the Alaskan Railroad. His last job was as a custodian at the Holdingford high school until his retirement in 1993. He was an insurance agent for many years until his son John took it over and is running the agency today. He met the love of his life and married Marcy Blenker of Melrose on September 2, 1961 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Melrose. Roger was a life-long member of St. Mary’s Church in Holdingford and also a member of The American Legion Post #211 in Holdingford. He enjoyed the great outdoors so much he was known as “the Great White Hunter” (white hair). Roger loved hunting and fishing and hosted many fish fry’s over the years. He loved to talk and tell stories and always had fun and enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. Roger was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather and he will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

He is survived by his loving wife, Marcy; children, Cindy (Brian) Bartholomew of Naples, FL. and John (Lisa) Schmidt of Albany; grandchildren, Alex and Heather Bartholomew, Ari Schmidt, Christopher and Travis Feldewerd and Meghan (Feldewerd) Lindemann; 3 great-grandchildren and sister, Lorraine Walters of Sartell.

Roger was preceded in death by his parents and daughter, Mary Feldewerd in 2008.