Lawrence E. Schmidt

July 13, 1929-Jan. 18, 2017

Lawrence E. Schmidt,

87, Minot, ND, passed

away Wednesday, January

18, 2017, in a Minot hos-


Lawrence was born July

13, 1929, a son of

Lawrence A. and Patricia

(Behm) Schmidt, in

Minot, ND. He was raised

and educated in Minot; at

St. Leo’s Catholic School

and Minot State Universi-ty.

Lawrence enlisted in

the United States Army in

1947. He was stationed in

San Antonio, TX and

proudly served as a medic

until his honorable


Following his military

service, Lawrence re-

turned to Minot where he

worked for his father at

Larry’s Diesel Service and

joined the Minot Fire

Department. In the late

1950s, Lawrence began

his own gunsmith busi-

ness called Gun Schmidt

in Minot, which contin-

ued until the early 2000s.

Lawrence married

Marie Rodgers on October

23, 1955 at St. Leo’s Ro-

man Catholic Church in

Minot. Marie passed away

July 19, 1983.

Lawrence, a devoted

husband, enjoyed hunting

and fishing.

Lawrence was once a

member of St. Therese,

Church of the Little

Flower of Minot. He was

also a member of St. Leo

the Great Roman Catholic

Church of Minot, the Elks

Club, and a life member

of the NRA.

Surviving family in-


Sons, Lawrence (Na-

dine) Schmidt, Scottsdale,

AZ and Patrick (Cindi)

Schmidt, Minot;

daughters, Valerie (Todd)

Collman, Galveston, TX

and Wanda (Bart)

Schempp, Mendota

Heights, MN; 5 grandchil-dren; 9 great-grandchildren; sisters, Jane Torgerson, Bismarck, Pat Schmidt, Minot, Judy (Frank) Guttman, Madison, WI and Celeste (Henry) Kiang, Grand Junction, CO; and numerous nephews,

nieces and cousins.

Lawrence was preceded

in death by his parents;

beloved wife, Marie

Schmidt; brother, Cecil

Schmidt; sister, Veronica

Dattalo; brothers-in-law,

Bob Mullen and Dudley

Torgerson; and

sister-in-law, Adeline


Memorial Mass of

Christian Burial: Mon-

day, January 23, 2017, at

11:00 a.m. at St. Leo the

Great Roman Catholic

Church, Minot, ND.

Interment: Will take

place in spring at Rosehill

Memorial Park, Minot,


Visitation: There will be

no reviewal, but friends

are invited to sign the

guestbook an hour before

service at the church and

online at

Memorials: In lieu of

flowers, memorials are

preferred to St. Leo the

Great Roman Catholic

Church of Minot.  1