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Raymond Schmidtgall

Heil, ND

1935, 2766, Hazelrodt then Doran Member

Raymond E. Schmidtgall, 90, Elgin, was called to be with his Lord on March 26, 2005 at the Jacobson Memorial Hospital in Elgin.

Services will be held at 10:30am, Wednesday, March 30, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Elgin with Pastor Wayne Rouse officiating. Burial will be in Peace Lutheran Cemetery at Heil with full military honors afforded by the George W. Snook American Legion Post #246 of Elgin.

Serving as Honorary Casketbearers are Larry Schmidtgall, David Madsen, Duane Madsen, Eldon Raye, and John Mittleider. Active casketbearers are Billy Miller, Leslie Schmidtgall, Bill Miller, Bob Miller, Patrick Davenport, Brian Davenport, James Schmidtgall, and Natasha Schmidtgall.

RAYMOND E. SCHMIDTGALL was born September 3, 1914 in Alpena, SD to John and Amelia (Ulmer) Schmidtgall. At the age of 2, he moved with his parents to North Dakota homesteading 9 miles north of Heil where he grew to young manhood. His schooling was in a one room rural school and later Elgin High School. In 1934, he joined the Civilian Conservation Corps working on such projects as The Peace Gardens near Bottineau, and as a Post Exchange steward in Mandan, Wilton, Hot Springs, Arkansas, and near Custer and Chamberlin, South Dakota. In June of 1941, he was inducted into the US Army and took his training at Camp Wolters, Mineral Wells, Texas. He was then sent to Fort Harrison, Indianapolis, Indiana. While there he was united in marriage to Nadine Judith Rock on February 7, 1943 at Winamac, Indiana. Two days following their wedding, he was shipped overseas to serve his country during WWII in Lae, New Guinea, and the Philippines. Following his return to the US, he was discharged at Camp Atterbury, Indiana on December 7, 1945. They returned to Heil where they purchased a farm and resided for 53 years, lovingly raising a family.

Ray remained active in farming and ranching into his 80's. He stayed involved in the community by serving on the Grant County Selective Service Board; Rock Township Board; was active in the George W. Snook American Legion Post; Church Council, Sunday School Superintendent, a church choir member and a Lay Pastor.

Ray loved baseball and played on many local teams and also enjoyed watching games. His other favorite pastime was his love of music including playing guitar, accordion, harmonica, and singing in the church choir. The last five years Ray resided at the Jacobson Memorial Care Center in Elgin.

He is survived by 2 daughters and sons-in-law, Sandra and Bill Miller, Elgin, ND; JoDee and Patrick Davenport, Bismarck; 1 son and daughter-in-law, James and Rhonda Schmidtgall, Everett, WA; 3 grandsons, Bill Miller, Columbus, OH; Bob Miller, Gainesville, FL; Brian Davenport and his wife Laura, Bismarck; 1 granddaughter, Natasha Schmidtgall, Everett, WA; 1 sister, Inez Mittleider, Bismarck; 1 sister-in-law, Ann Schmidtgall, Syracuse, NY; 1 brother-in-law, Ray Rock and his wife Della, Wells, MN.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife of 56 years, Nadine on November 21, 1999, and 2 brothers, Erhardt and Herbert.

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