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William J. Schmitz

December 10, 1928 — December 17, 2020

Funeral service for William J. Schmitz, 92, of Aurora, will be 10:30am Monday, December 21, 2020 at First Baptist Church in Aurora, with Pastor John Jacquart officiating.  Current COVID mandates including wearing masks and social distancing will be necessary.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church.  Burial with military honors accorded by the Aurora/Hoyt Lakes Color Guard will be in the Rauha Cemetery in Palo.  Arrangements by Ziemer-Moeglein-Shatava Funeral Home in Aurora.

William died Thursday, December 17, 2020 at Carefree Assisted Living in Babbitt, Minnesota.

William was born December 10, 1928 in Pierre, South Dakota to Joseph and Laura (Casey) Schmitz.  He worked for Wood Conversion in Cloquet and later served in the US Army during WWII.  Following his military service, he returned to Wood Conversion and was a self-employed trucker.

He married Ruth Cope and resided in rural Aurora.  William worked for Erie Mining Company and retired from LTV Steel as a heavy equipment operator with 35 years of service.

He was a member of First Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Ruth; daughter, Laureen (Thomas) LeTourneau of Zumbrota, grandchildren Loretta (Mark) Bickford, Richard (Michelle) Skerbitz, Bill (Carol) Skerbitz, Sharon (Krist) Whelon, and several great and great great grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Jennifer; brothers: Donald, Loren, and Willard; sister, Donna.



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