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Norbert George Schmitz

Axtell, Kansas

12/12/1927 - 10/01/2020

Norbert G. Schmitz, 92, of Axtell, KS, died Thursday evening, October 1, 2020, at Life Care Center in Seneca, where he was a resident for a short time.

He was born on December 12, 1927, on a farm northwest of St. Benedict, KS, the son of George and Louise Oenbring Schmitz. He grew up there, attended St. Mary’s Catholic School, helped on the family farm and studied at St. Benedict’s College in Atchison for a year. After returning home, he worked for Ray Droge Construction for several years; as well as farming the family farm. On March 8, 1951, he was inducted into the U.S. Army where he served in Tokyo; first in Finance and then as a Special Service Chaplain’s Assistant. After his discharge in 1953, he returned to the family farm and helped Leslie Droge as a hired man.

On May 2, 1953, he married Dolores H. Deters Schmitz at Sacred Heart Church in Baileyville. They lived north of Seneca for a year, then south of Baileyville until 1961, before moving to a farm south of Axtell. They farmed, raised livestock and operated a Grade-A Dairy. In 1990, they retired and moved into Axtell.

He was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus and the American Legion R.R. Henricks Post 214, all in Axtell.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 49 years, Dolores on July 1, 2002; a daughter, Mary Kay Schmitz on December 18, 1965; a granddaughter, Stacey Schmitz on September 29, 1990; five brothers, Adrian Schmitz, Clarence B. Schmitz, Francis A. Schmitz, Clarence J. Schmitz and Lambert Schmitz; and two sisters, Martha Engelken and Helen Bergman.

Survivors are his six sons, David A. (Gail) Schmitz of Holton, KS, Lawrence “Larry” (Christy) Schmitz of Reading, KS, James “Jim” (Alice) Schmitz of Frankfort, KS, William J. “Bill” (Wanda) Schmitz of Newton, KS, Dennis Schmitz of Baileyville and Joseph G. “Joe” (Amy) Schmitz of Axtell, KS; a daughter, Janet A.(Mike) Ronnebaum of Axtell, KS; a sister, Norita Rempe of Hutchinson; 19 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be given for St. Michael’s Church and/ or for St. Michael’s Cemetery, sent in care of the family.


Rosaries will be prayed at 2 PM on Sunday afternoon, October 4th at Lauer Funeral Home in Seneca and at 7 PM at St. Michael’s Church in Axtell.

Memorials may be given for St. Michael’s Church and/ or for St. Michael’s Cemetery, sent in care of the family. A MASK is recommended.


Mass of Christian burial will be 10:30 AM on Monday, October 5, 2020, at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Axtell. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Memorials may be given for St. Michael’s Church and/ or for St. Michael’s Cemetery, sent in care of the family. A MASK is recommended.

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  1. Kylie Darnell on October 2, 2020 at 7:08 pm

    My thoughts and prayers go out to the family. I got to take care of norbert the short time he was at Lifecare, and I will never forget him. No matter what he was always thankful for the help he received. I’m so blessed to get to take care of him. ❤️

  2. Harold Gordon on October 2, 2020 at 9:15 pm

    Prayers for all family and friends.

  3. Brad Hendrix on October 3, 2020 at 9:38 am

    My deepest sympathy on the loss of your Dad and Grandfather.

    Brad Hendrix

  4. Richard "Dick" Anderson on October 3, 2020 at 10:04 am

    My Condolences to the wonderful Schmitz family.

    • William J Schmitz on October 7, 2020 at 9:13 am

      Thank you Mr. Anderson. We were fortunate to have you as a teacher. We learned from you as well as our dad. Bill Schmitz

  5. Greg and Ann Painter on October 3, 2020 at 1:26 pm

    Our condolences to Dennis and the rest of the family

  6. Brenda (Deters) Stephenson and family on October 3, 2020 at 7:26 pm

    My deepest condolences. I will be there in my thoughts and prayers.

  7. Maxine Becker on October 3, 2020 at 9:10 pm

    Sorry for the loss of your Dad, grandfather and great grandfather! He was a great uncle to me and a wonderful man , enjoyed life and lived each day in prayer and worked hard all his life!! I really appreciated all the trips him and Dennis made to visit my mother ,his sister Helen while she was at Presbyterian Manor!! Prayers for all the Family and may Norbert rest in peace ! He will enjoy being in heaven with Dolores and the rest of his family that have gone before him! Maxine Becker

  8. Craig Polson on October 4, 2020 at 7:25 pm

    May God grant you His infinite mercy and grace as you say goodbye to a wonderful father and grandfather. He was truly a genuine friend to many.
    He will be missed and very much remembered.

    • Larry Schmitz on October 15, 2020 at 2:40 am

      To Craig, and family,
      So very thoughtful of you! Your kind words
      are greatly appreciated. Your guidance into what branch of service to serve our great country will always be remember by me!
      Thank you Craig, THANK YOU!
      USN and USNR Larry Schmitz

  9. Arlene Henry on October 4, 2020 at 8:14 pm

    So sorry for the loss of your father! Keeping your family in my prayers!!

  10. Judy and Bruce Larkin on October 5, 2020 at 7:07 am

    Sorry for your loss of you dad. Our prayer and thoughts are with you.

  11. Don & Marsha Hulsing on October 5, 2020 at 7:24 am

    Our deepest sympathy goes out to all of your families. Norbert was a very special person, always a friend to everyone. He will be greatly missed.

  12. Heinrich Runnebaum on October 5, 2020 at 12:22 pm

    My deepest condolences to Dennis and the family!

  13. Betty Pierson on October 5, 2020 at 3:57 pm

    Larry, Christy and Family,

    We were sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Betty & Randy Pierson

  14. Donald Strohmeyer on October 5, 2020 at 4:16 pm

    So sorry to hear of Norbert’s passing. Came to know him at daily mass. He will be missed. My prayers are for him and the family.

    Don Strohmeyer

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