Alfred Schmitt passed away after a brief illness on February 1, 2022.
Alfred was born on August 22, 1940 in Lustre, Montana and was the third child of four born to Ludwig and Charlotte (Wichman) Schmitt. Alfred lived his entire life in Lustre on the Schmitt farm. He graduated from Lustre Christian High School and attended Multnomah Bible College where he met the love of his life Dorothy Glyshaw. They married on the 4th of September 1959 at Church of the Air in Billings, Montana. Their marriage vows were something that was revered and honored as Alfred was not apart from Dorothy until the end when he went to meet Jesus and rejoice in heaven.
The EMB church was so important to Alfred and Dorothy, they attended this church their entire life. Alfred was a part of “The Quartet” for many years, original members included Don Traeholt, Ron Wall, and Allen Wall. This quartet had changing members through the years but always a joy to listen to including Schmeckfest.
Al and Dorothy had three children: Perry Schmitt, Craig Schmitt, and Melenie Stone and all were raised in the “new house” on the original farm he grew up on. Alfred was also a pilot and had a passion for flying. Alfred and Dorothy along with Vern and Pat Wiens flew all the way to Alaska on a great adventure. Remembering him checking on crops in his wooden winged Mooney are some of our favorite memories. Farming was everything to Al and was ready to farm this spring and he was working on his farm plan up until a few weeks ago. Folks in the community referred to him as the “energizer bunny” because he never stopped and his passion for the farm and this church were at the top of his list. He also had a gift of drawing cars and designing things, whether it was a way to run the combine better or building a carport, he could fix anything. Words to describe him were talented, driven, funny, loyal, hard working, honorable and he will be missed by his family and friends of which he had many. A devout follower of God we KNOW where he is right now and we will see him again, but for now fly high Dad we love you.
Alfred is survived by his wife Dorothy of 63 years of marriage; son Perry Schmitt, his wife Darlene and sons Collin and Tom; son Craig Schmitt, his wife Lori and children Megan and Jacob; daughter Melenie Stone, her husband Tony and sons Neeko and Daniel as well as two great-grandchildren Adessa and Braxson.
Alfred’s parents Ludwig and Charlotte, brothers Erwin, Werner, and Helmuth preceded him in heaven.
Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m., Monday, February 7, 2022 at the EMB Church in Lustre with Pastor Lee Button officiating. Burial will follow in the EMB Church Cemetery.