NISSWA — Russell E. Schmidt, 83, of Nisswa, Minn., died Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012, at Bethany Good Samaritan, Brainerd, Minn.
Russell (Bud) was born in 1929 to Edward and Luella (Sletten) Schmidt in Pequot Lakes, Minn., where he grew up and attended school. In 1950, he was united in marriage to Gladys Anderson, Nisswa, Minn. Russell and Gladys made their home in Nisswa for 61 years where they raised their six children. He was the owner and operator of Interlake Dairy, a Land O’ Lakes distributorship in Nisswa for 25 years. His friends called him “Milky Bud” for his many years of outstanding service as the local “milkman,” delivering dairy products to homes, resorts and businesses. His many volunteer activities included 16 years with the Nisswa Fire Department, six years on the Nisswa Elementary School Board, and the Nisswa Boy Scouts, Troop 81. He was co-founder and past president of the Gull Lake Drifters Snowmobile Club. He especially loved fishing, hunting, snowmobiling, construction, watching NASCAR races, traveling to the Rockies, Banff and Jasper National Parks, storytelling, and spending time with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his parents; six sisters, Bernice Minette, Jean Hurd, Delane McNamee, Delores Suchy, Shirley Thompson, and Patricia (infant); one brother, Richard (infant); and one grandson.
Survived by his wife of 61 years, Gladys; three sons, Richard (Jane) Schmidt, of Brainerd, Minn., Roger (Marthann) Schmidt, of Wyoming, Minn., and Jeffrey Schmidt, of Brainerd, Minn.; three daughters, Betsy Hollister, of Nisswa, Minn., Beverly (Michael) Bahr, of Brainerd, Minn., and Judith Hays, of New Richmond, Wis.; two brothers, Dale (JoAnn) Schmidt, of Lino Lakes, Minn., and Darrell Schmidt, of Corcoran, Minn.; four sisters, Marion (Dennis) Heapy, of Brainerd, Minn., Sharon (Bart) Carlson, of Rockford, Ill., Linda Smith, of Houston, and Marlys DeJarnett, of Rockford, Ill.; 18 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be at Brenny Funeral Chapel in Baxter from 5-8 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 31, 2012. A service will be held at Brenny Funeral Chapel in Baxter at noon on Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012.