Franklin D. Schmitt, born July 5, 1936, to Glenn Herald and Mabel Olena (Anderson) Schmitt in Cass County, IA, passed away at age 81 on October 26, 2017, at Atlantic Specialty Care.
He was the fourth of thirteen children, having six brothers and six sisters; Violet, Elmer, MaryAnn, Olena, Lee, Betty, John, Della, Jessie, Joe, Dorothy, and David. On July 12, 1959, he married Lois Linfor after a long time courtship. Together, Franklin and Lois had three children; Nancy, Clayton, and Frank Jr.
He was a member of the United States Army from January 1956 to December 1958 as a Medic Specialist, so of course, he always knew more than the doctors! He then transferred to the Army Corps (Reserve) from December 1958 to January 1962.
He was known as one of the best mason and concrete finishers in the local community. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Fraternal Order of Eagles.
Franklin was known as an honest person that might BS you, but never lie to you. Franklin raised a family on pure knowledge and physical strengths. He tried his hardest to drive his oldest child, Nancy, insane.
Franklin loved to fish and if the fish were biting, he would stay to catch as many as possible in hopes that the granddaddy catfish would bite. He liked deer hunting for the winter stockpile and even built a snare one time to catch a rabbit, because the family was in need of dinner. He thought he was the best mechanic in the world, loved to race cars and smash them up at the Demolition Derby.
Franklin is survived by his children, Nancy of Atlantic, Clayton (Loraine) of Council Bluffs and Frank Jr. of Springfield, MO; his former wife, Lois; sisters, Violet, Della, and Dorothy (Jerome); brothers, John (Kathy), Jessie (Shirley) and Joe (Jeanie); a sister-in-law, Shirley; four grandchildren, Suezy, Liberty, Summerlee and Stormy; great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews that we are not even going to try and count!
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Elmer, Lee and David; and sisters, MaryAnn, Olena and Betty.
A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Thursday, November 2, 2017, at the American Legion Memorial Building (The Armory), 201 Poplar St. in Atlantic, Iowa.