Saturday, December 20, 2014



Raymond S. Schmidt, 92, Ottawa, Kan., passed away Sunday Jan. 12, 2014, at Brighton Gardens, Prairie Village, Kan.

Funeral services are planned for 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014, at First Baptist Church, Ottawa. Burial is to follow at Highland Cemetary, Ottawa. Family members plan to receive friends noon to 1 p.m. Saturday prior to services.

Ray was born March 25, 1921, in Lorraine, Kan., and lived most of his adult life in Ottawa.

Ray was a member of First Baptist Church of Ottawa for more than 60 years. He sang in the choir and was a baritone soloist, and also served as a chairman of the board of the deacons. Ray was an active member of Gideon’s International for a number of years, contributing time and resources to the cause of providing Bibles throughout the world. He was also a member of Ottawa Rotary and Lion’s Club.

Ray received a bachelor of arts degree from Ottawa University.

Following the attack on Pearl Harbor, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served during World War II from 1942 to 1946 in both the Atlantic, during the invasion of southern France, and the Pacific, aboard the USS Arcturus where he participated in the invasion of Okinawa. He was discharged with the rank of Lieutenant Junior Grade. 

Upon being decommissioned from the Navy, he married Jeanne Ward in 1946 in Ottawa. Together they moved to California where he received a bachelor of science degree from UCLA (University of California, Los Angeles) and then went to work for Prudential Insurance Company in Los Angeles.

After the birth of the first daughter, they took the opportunity to return to Ottawa. Ray worked for his father-in-law, Max Ward, at Lesh Oil Company, eventually becoming the owner until his retirement. Three more daughters followed, surrounding Ray with the love and attention of five special women for the remainder of his life.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Elsie Schacht Schmidt, Lorraine, Kan.; and a brother who died in childhood, Myron Walter Schmidt.

Survivors include his wife of 68 years, Jeanne; daughters Beverly Wright, Nancy (John) Roush, Patti (Scott) Wood and Linda (Robert) Schroeder; grandchildren, Jason (Heather) Wright, Travis Fogwell, Shannon (David) Hoogerheide, Jessica (Sean) O’Toole, Cody Fogwell, Catherine Schroeder, Elizabeth Schroeder, and Chloe Beeks; great-grandchildren, Ariadne Aletheia Wright and Ezekiel Raymond Wright; sisters, Virginia McIver, Carol (Paul) Leonard and Rosalyn (William) Hausman.

The family suggests memorial contributions to First Baptist Gideon’s through Lamb-Roberts Funeral Home, P.O. Box 14, Ottawa KS 66067.

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