Gaylord "Squeak" Schmitz, age 72 of Merna, died Saturday, June 25, 2011, at the Jennie Melham Medical Center in Broken Bow.
Funeral services were Wednesday, June 29, 2011, in St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Broken Bow with Father Jim Hunt officiating. Burial with military honors was in the Dale Catholic Cemetery near Merna. Memorials are suggested to the Merna Fire and Rescue or the American Parkinson's Disease Associa-tion.
Gaylord "Squeak" Schmitz was born Dec. 16, 1938, at Oconto, to Frank J. and Irene E. (Barrett) Schmitz. In the early 1950s, the family moved to Merna and Gaylord attended high school at Merna.
In 1961, he was drafted by the United States Army. After his service he returned to Merna to farm and ranch on the "Ponderosa".
Gaylord was married to Sandra Price. To this union his children; Teresa, Mitchell, Bradley, Blaine and Tedd were born. He was later married to Sharon Dutton.
Gaylord enjoyed visiting with people. He liked camping, fishing, dancing and watching Karaoke.
Survivors include his children, Teresa Schmitz Wells and husband Chip of Rutherford College, NC, Mitchell Todd Schmitz and his wife Sylvia of Fremont, Bradley William Schmitz and Amber Peterson of Merna, Blaine Michael Schmitz of Jasper, Ga., Tedd Schmitz and wife Christina of Broken Bow; 13 grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brothers Paul Schmitz and wife June of Hyattsville, MD, Bob Schmitz of Merna; sisters, Agnes Meyerring and husband Gary of Neola, Iowa, Catherine Schmitz of Denver, Colo., and Ann Finnefrock and husband Byron of Denver, Colo., and a sister-in-law, Margie Schmitz of Kearney.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Mary Schmitz and Yvonne Herman, and a brother, Francis Schmitz.
Published in Custer County Chief, June 30, 2011