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Services: Good Shepherd Lutheran Church ~ Owatonna, Minnesota
Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at 1 p.m.
Visitation: At the church on Tuesday, February 10, 2015 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Harvey E. Schmidtke, age 96, of Owatonna and formerly of Faribault died on Friday, February 6, 2015 at the Homestead Hospice House, Owatonna.

Funeral services will be held at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Owatonna on Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. with the Reverend Mark Rosenau and the Reverend Greg Schlicker, officiating. Interment and military rites provided by Steele County Funeral Detail will be at Meadow Ridge Memorial Park, Faribault.

Visitation will be held at the church from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Tuesday.

Arrangements are being completed by the Boldt Funeral Home, Faribault.

Harvey Carl Ernst Schmidtke the son of Frank and Ada (Behm) Schmidtke was born on March 23, 1918 in Wood Lake, MN.  He married Delores A. Velzke on October 4, 1947 in Faribault.  He served in the U. S. Army during W. W. II from April 11, 1942 - December 22, 1945.  Harvey was formerly employed by Vogel's Creamery of Faribault, Bill Wagner Construction, Paul Schroeder Construction and the State of Minnesota for 26 years.  He enjoyed woodcarving, fishing, golfing, hunting and spending time with his family and being at the lake.  He was active in his church, serving on various boards and served as a co-chair with his wife at PTA.  He was a member of the VFW and the American Legion.

Harvey is survived by his wife, Delores of 67 years; four children, Dennis (and Christene) Schmidtke, Dianne (and David) Rain, LouAnn (and Paul) Dierkhising, Cindy (and Scott) Rogness; seven grandchildren, Don, Duane, Karen, Kari, Krista, Grant and Laynie; seven great grandchildren, John, Michael, Christian, Auna, Laya, Lauren, Asher Harvey.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Eleanor Field and step-sister Rosina Mielke.

He had several occupations during his lifetime; As a teacher he always enjoyed mentoring those learning his carpentry skills.  He taught his children how to live their lives as Christians.  He taught how to live life frugally as in his young years during the great depression his family struggled getting along with very little; He was an excellent carpenter and builder.  His work was immaculate; and as a soldier he was very proud to have been trained to operate a tank.  Ultimately he served with a medical unit in the Philippines.  His unit was on the ground day one at battles of Leyte and Okinawa;  His greatest role though was as a servant. He served his family as loving husband and dad. He served his country in the US Army during World War II.  Most important to him was that he served his God that he believed in and loved.

He will be greatly missed by family and friends.


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Name: Chris (Bisping) Hopkins
Date: Monday February 09, 2015


On behalf of my mom and sisters, we extend our deepest sympathy to your family. We have fond memories of Harvey coming to Faribault for family gatherings. He and my dad (Roy) shared many good talks together. The last time we saw Harvey was at our mom's 90th birthday party in April. He still had his great sense of humor and shared fun stories with us. We pray God grants you His peace which passes our understanding. Irene, Diane, Marnie, and Chris