Longtime Wallace, Kansas resident Thomas Allan Schmitt, 55, died Sunday, November 1, 2015, at Greeley County Hospital in Tribune, Kansas.
He was born June 12, 1960, in Evansville, Indiana, the son of Dorothy Elizabeth (Gilles) and Victor Gerald Schmitt. He graduated from Castle High School, in Newburgh, Indiana, with the class of 1979. In 1985, he moved to Wallace, Kansas.
On August 9, 1997, he and MaryAnn Erika Lotscher were married at St. Rupert Church in Newburgh, Indiana, and they made their home in Wallace. He was an arborist and owned Tom’s Tree Service. His memberships included Holy Ghost Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus, and Marked Men for Christ. He had served on the City of Wallace Council. He was a Kansas Certified Arborist. A golden heart stopped beating;hard working hands are now at rest.
Preceding him in death were his son Jesse Schmitt, his father Victor “Curley” Schmitt, and his father-in-law Hans Lotscher.
Surviving family includes his wife MaryAnn Schmitt of Wallace; son Calvin Schmitt, Chelsea Kinnett and their daughter Lyla Maye Schmitt, all of Colby; mother Dorothy Schmitt of Newburg, Indiana; mother-in-law Elly Lotscher of Medford, Oregon; brother Tim Schmitt and his wife Kathy of Evansville, Indiana; three sisters Vicki Loughrie and her husband Jim of Newburgh, Indiana; Jane Daywalt and her husband John of Chandler, Indiana; Joan Fischer and her husband Frank of Bloomington, Indiana; brothers-in-law Andre Lotscher and his wife Peggy of Napa, CA; Stanley Lotscher and his wife Claire of Cincinnati, OH; Johann Lotscher and his wife Marie Elena of Livermore, CA.
Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, November 6, at 2:00 PM MT, at Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Sharon Springs, with Father Norbert Dlabal presiding. Burial will follow in the Wallace Cemetery.
Friends may share their respects on Thursday, from 5:00 until 6:00 PM MT, at Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Sharon Springs, and Vigil and Rosary will follow at 6:00 PM MT.
Memorials may be designated to the Thomas Schmitt Memorial, and may be left at the services, or mailed to Koons Funeral Home, 211 N. Main, Goodland, KS 67735-1555.
Online condolences: www.koonsfuneralhome.com