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John Gerhart Theodore "Jack" Schmidt
April 22, 1935 – May 23, 2015
John “Jack” Schmidt, 80, died Saturday, May 23, 2015, at the Jones Regional Medical Center, Anamosa.
Funeral services were held 10:30 Wednesday morning, May 27, at the First Congregational Church of Christ, Anamosa, with interment in the Oakwood Cemetery, Monticello. The Rev. Greg Griffin officiated at the service. Friends called from 4 – 7 Tuesday at the Goettsch Funeral Home, Anamosa.
Surviving are his wife, Eleanor; three children, Michael of Libby, Montana; Scott (Jody) of Maquoketa, Jolan of Oceanside, California; five grandchildren, Josh, Abby, Ashley, Nicole, Stefanie; and three great-grandchildren, Emma, Cole and Ryan; and his brother, Jene (Janice) of Marion. He was preceded in death by his parents.
John Gerhart Theodore Schmidt was born April 22, 1935, at Monticello, Iowa. He was the son of John G. and June (Smith) Schmidt. Jack graduated from Monticello Community Schools in 1953. He continued his education at Coe College, graduating in 1958. Jack married Eleanor Wilcox on August 15, 1956 at Lancaster, Missouri.
Jack started his working career as a banker at F & M Bank in Manchester and later in the Chicago area. Jack and Eleanor returned to Monticello where they operated the Western Auto and later True Valu Hardware Stores. He was also involved in Phil’s Furniture Store in Monticello. The couple retired in 1985 and moved to Anamosa.
Jack was a talented athlete in high school and college, playing football, basketball and baseball for Monticello and baseball and basketball for Coe College. He was an exceptional pitcher in his day. Jack also served on the Monticello City Council for two terms, had coached Babe Ruth Baseball, and was a member of the Lions Club and Masonic Lodge.

Submitted by: Janet A. Brandt
Source: Maquoketa Sentinel-Press, Maquoketa, Iowa, 27 May 2015

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