57 3rd Street SW
Plainview, MN 55964
115 South Ave.
Eyota, MN 55934
Kenneth “Ken” A. Schmidt, 85, of Elgin, died Friday, November 29, 2019 at St. Mary’
s Hospital in Rochester surrounded by his loving family. Ken was born January 16,
1934 in Rochester to Arthur and Inez (Weiland) Schmidt. He graduated from Elgin
High School in 1951. Ken farmed a few years with his father and then joined the US
Army serving from 1954-1956. On June 16, 1956 he married Mona Sawyer at the
Methodist Church in Elgin. They farmed west of Elgin retiring in 1996. In retirement
he and Mona traveled and wintered in Arizona. He enjoyed gardening and all types
of music. While still in high school, Ken played in the Jolly Bohemians Band until
joining the Army.
He is survived by his wife Mona of Elgin: children, Marie (Gary) Lipp and Diane
Schmidt both of Rochester, Steven (Vicki) Schmidt of Elgin, Thomas (Beth) Schmidt
of Stewartville; 8 grandchildren, Justin (Alaina) Lipp, Alyssa (Dustin) Lipp, Joanna
(Todd) Hite, Joshua (Lauren) Schmidt, Stephanie Schmidt, Trevor (Ari) Schmidt,
Caleb (Alyssa) Schmidt and Colton Schmidt; 2 great-granddaughters, Margot Lipp
and Emmaline Schmidt; and 1 sister, Verna Petty of Champlin, MN.
He was preceded in death by his parents and 1 brother-in-law.
Funeral service is Wednesday, December 4, 11: 00 a.m. at Peace United Methodist
Church between Plainview and Elgin with Pastor Cheryl Nymann officiating. Burial is
at the Elgin Cemetery. Visitation is Tuesday, 4-8 p.m. at Schad & Zabel Funeral
Home in Plainview and 1 hour prior to the service at the church on Wednesday.
A special thank you to Dr. Fletcher “Buzz” Miller, cardiologist and friend for 37
years. Also thanks to the Visiting Angels caregivers (especially Kathryn) for the last
7 months, as well as the Joseph 3B nursing staff and Med 3 medical team at Saint
In lieu of flowers, memorials to heart or cancer research or Peace United Methodist
Church are preferred.