After a life well-lived, William “Willy” Schmidt, 70, of Mitchell, passed away Thursday, October 31, 2019 at his home in Mitchell.
Funeral services will be 11:00 AM Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at Bittner Funeral Chapel in Mitchell. Burial will be at Graceland Cemetery in Mitchell. Visitation will be from 5-7:00 PM Tuesday at Bittner Funeral Chapel.
Willy worked at Fischer Furniture Store in Rapid City with his father until 1977. He then became a self-employed carpet and flooring installer. William married Barbara Ann Lyle in Rapid City on May 30, 1973. They welcomed their son, Kelly on May 9, 1974, and daughter, Tracy, on March 24, 1978. The family moved to Mitchell, SD in June 1982, and willy worked as an independent flooring installer for UBC, Centennial Carpet, and Floor to Ceiling until his retirement in April 2001, when he was diagnosed with heart failure. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, hunting, and fishing.
He leaves behind his wife of 47 years, Barbara Lyle Schmidt; son, Kelly (Kristina) Schmidt; grandchildren, Eli Tronnes, Olivia Tronnes, River Jones, Caleb Rice, Ashlynn Bryant, and Shawn Boehmer; sisters, Mary Mentzer, Fran (Mark) Beshara, Joyce (Darrell) Speck, Brenda (Carl) Bond; brother-in-law, Larry Lyle; and many nieces and nephews.
He will be reunited with his daughter, Tracy Tronnes; son-in-law, Samuel Tronnes; parents; and sister, Barbara Kellner.