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Donald Schmidling

Donald Schmidling

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Obituary

Donald Francis Schmidling, 89, of Leavenworth, died peacefully May 15, 2020, with loving family by his side. He was born in Leavenworth County on January 27, 1931, the youngest son of five children to Leo C. and Cecelia E. (Schneider) Schmidling, and grew up on their family farm near Easton.

He attended Immaculata High School and worked at Kramer Manufacturing.

On August 2, 1952, Donald married Elizabeth Kisker and the same day was drafted to the Army for the Korean War. He served as a cook for two years and was honorably discharged with the rank of Sergeant. He proudly worked 27 years at the TWA overhaul base as a machinist taking pride in his job and he enjoyed a special bond with his co-workers. He was a member of St. Joseph of the Valley parish and cemetery committee.

His hobbies included playing guitar with family, hunting, stock car racing, farming the Schmidling homestead of 160 acres and 80 acres on Seven Sister Road, trap shooting, repairing watches, local Country music shows, and weekend trips to nearby casinos and flea markets.

He is fondly remembered by his children, Patty Schmidling, Sherry Schmidling, Kathy Lynn (Terry) Schaeffer, Denise (Jack) Elliott and Dale (Candise) Schmidling; his companion, Dorothy Klamm; the mother of his children, Elizabeth Schmidling; two sisters, Wilma Kirchner and Darlyne Pape; 16 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.

Donald was preceded in death by his daughter, Linda Butler; two brothers, Maurice and Vincent Schmidling; and great-granddaughter, Alyssa Hutchens.

Memorials are suggested to Mt. Olivet Cemetery or Good Shepherd Hospice. Arrangements in care of R.L. Leintz Funeral Home.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Thursday, May 21st, 2020 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    When
    Thursday, May 21st, 2020 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Location
    R.L. Leintz Funeral Home
    Address
    4701 10th Ave.
    Leavenworth, KS 66048
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  • Service

    Thursday, May 21st, 2020 | 5:30pm
    When
    Thursday, May 21st, 2020 5:30pm
    Location
    R.L. Leintz Funeral Home
    Address
    4701 10th Ave.
    Leavenworth, KS 66048
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email

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Darlyne Pape

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Tom Turkle

Posted at 10:55am
Don was one of the finest men I've ever met. A gentle giant with a warm heart and easy laugh. Always ready to help with anything asked of him. I looked forward in later years to each Sunday after Mass at Shantivanam House of Prayer to talking with him and sharing stories. He always made me smile. I'm grateful too for my long friendship with Elizabeth and Kathy Lynn and all the family. I fondly remember you all in my daily prayers, and I regret that because of health concerns in this time we are in, I will be unable to attend Don's visitation and service. But know my spirit will be giving you hugs that I so wish my body could do.
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Posted at 07:59pm
What a blessing Don was! May your fondest memories bring you peace. Hugs to all.
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Gary & Leslie Thomas

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Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss... Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.
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Tom Schaeffer

Posted at 03:47am
To Kathy and family: Our heart goes out to you, very sorry for your loss. The Schaeffer family; Tom, Monica, Austin, Logan, Morgan.
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