Henry Schmidt was born in the Coronation Hospital on Aug. 16, 1928, to Henry and Emily Schmidt, the first born in a family of five.
The family lived in the Harts District near Throne until 1936 when they moved to the Talbot District where Henry lived for the rest of his life.
Henry started school at Harts, riding horseback, then went to Ribstone after moving to Talbot and to Junction Valley after the schools amalgamated.
After grade nine he worked for several local farmers as well as helping out at home. He bought his first quarter of land, the “Crick Quarter” in 1944 for $5 an acre.
Henry met Betty Christiansen on a blind date – a Sunday evening drive and a pop – on July 20, 1947, and they were wed on May 1, 1949, in Coronation.
The wedding was at 1 p.m., followed by a lunch at the bride’s home and then off to Talbot to play baseball – centerfield.
Sports played a big part in Henry’s life as he played and then coached both hockey and baseball and in later years, enjoyed watching his grandchildren play.
After retiring from farming in 2008, Henry enjoyed “coffeeing” with neighbours, picking saskatoons and chokecherries in the “Preston” hills and feeding/watching various wild birds throughout the seasons.
Henry and Betty raised nine children: Bill, John, Allen, Marilyn, Mike, Tom, Diane, Sherry and Tim. Henry is survived by his wife Betty; children Bill (Marina) Schmidt, John Schmidt, Allen (Maxine) Schmidt, Mike Schmidt, Diane Schmidt and Sherry (Roger) Golby; 28 grandchildren; and 31 great-grandchildren.
He is also survived by brother Stan (Alaline) Schmidt; sister Annette Barnes; son-in-law Felix Suntjens; brothers-in-law David Glasier and Winton Wangsness, as well as numerous other relatives and many wonderful friends.
Henry was predeceased by his parents Henry and Emily; siblings Wilma Glasier, Jean Wangsness; daughter Marilyn Suntjens; sons Tom Schmidt and Tim Schmidt; daughter-in-law Jackie Schmidt; granddaughter Suzanne Washington; parents-in-law Hilmer and Elisabeth Christiansen; and brother-in-law Ronald Barnes.
A celebration of Henry’s life was held on Sat. Sept. 29, 2018, at the Talbot Community Hall.
Several of Henry’s friends and family gave loving tributes. Honourary pallbearers were Herman and Marcella Schwenk, Gordon and Joyce Wakefield, Robert and Terry Preston and Ron and Ann Hewitt.
Family and friends gathered for a time of fellowship and a luncheon by the community ladies.
Memorial donations may be made to Talbot Community Centre or Coronation Minor Sports. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.parkviewfuneralchapels.com
Parkview Funeral Chapels & Crematorium entrusted with the care and funeral arrangements, 403-578-3777.