Alvin Schmidt, 83

By Tribune - Posted on 26 October 2011

      Alvin Schmidt, 83, of Cascade, MT, an Air Force veteran and a retired Chief Master  Sergeant for the Montana Air National Guard, died of natural causes Sunday, October 23, 2011, at a local care facility.  
      His memorial service, with military honors, will be held at Hillcrest Lawn Chapel on Tuesday, November 1, 2011, at 10 a.m. A private burial will be held later. Schnider Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
      Alvin was born May 1, 1928, to Gottfried and Ottilia (Mertz) Schmidt in Marsh, MT in Prairie County.  He was raised and educated in the Marsh/Mildred area, graduating from Mildred High School in 1946.
      He served in the Air Force from 1948 to 1952 and was stationed mainly in Guam and Germany.
      He married Eleanor Schneider on April 10, 1953, in Mildred, MT.
      He worked for Buffalo Rapids Irrigation in Terry, MT, until 1960, when he moved to the Great Falls area.  Alvin joined the MANG in 1961 and retired with the rank of Chief Master Sergeant in 1988.
      He also farmed, ranched and raised quarter horses on the Fairfield Bench.  Alvin was a lifelong Cleveland Indian and Power Pirate fan.  He enjoyed watching his children and grandchildren play sports and relaxing at his home on the Dearborn River.
      Survivors include his wife, Eleanor Schmidt of Cascade, MT; a daughter, Cindy (Stephen) Banich of Libby, MT; sons Ken (Chris) Schmidt, Rex ( Joanie) Schmidt, and Rich (Elisabeth) Schmidt, all of Great Falls, MT, and Joe (Lisa) Schmidt of Power, MT; sisters, Lorraine Ban Grist of Laurel, MT, Edna Straub of Baker, MT, Mariam (Jack) McMurry of Farson, WY, and Eldora (Calvin) Fischer of Fairfield, MT; brother, Rev. Edward Schmidt of Moses Lake, WA; 13 grandchildren, Mike, Katea ( Mike), Lynn, Daniel, Emily, Rylee, Kyle, Raygen, Nellie, Jake, Logan, Brooke and Payton; and his beloved dog Chubacca.
      He was preceded in death by brothers, Leonard, Thomas, Bill and Richard and by a great-grandson, Caleb Mitchell Schmidt.
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Published October 26, 2011



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