Dave Schmidt, 77, of Preston

Dave Schmidt, 77, of Preston, died Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019, at Chosen Valley Care Center.

He was born March 30, 1942, the son of Gerald and Carol (Hahn) Schmidt.  After graduating from Preston High School, he went on to college at Wartburg College for two years, and then transferred to the University of Minnesota, where he graduated with honors.

In 1965, he married Jeanette Larsen at Christ Lutheran Church in Preston.

After college, he worked for a year at Hormel in Austin.  He then had a 40-year career as a farmer who focused his attention on the health of his animals and the health of the soil.

After farming, he was a crop insurance adjuster for several years.  He was also the head usher at Christ Lutheran Church for several years.

Survivors include his wife, Jeanette; three children, Diana Schmidt of Wabasha, Paul (Karen) Schmidt of Preston, and Sarah Schmidt of Madison, Wis.; two grandchildren, Vaughan Schmidt at Luther College and Devan Schmidt of Greenleafton; two brothers, Richard (Wanda) Schmidt of Fort Collins, Colo., and Chris (Marlene) Schmidt of Richfield; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

A funeral service was held on Monday, Sept. 16, at Christ Lutheran Church, with the Rev. Dan Bredberg officiating.  Burial was in the Carimona Cemetery.  

Hindt-Hudek Funeral Home assisted the family.