Louis Joseph Schmitz

Memorial Mass for Louis Joseph Schmitz will be celebrated Saturday, Feb. 1 at 10 a.m. at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, 28 E. Montezuma, Cortez.

A longtime resident of Cortez, Lou was born Dec. 13, 1930, in Kirkwood, Mo., a suburb of St. Louis. He died on Dec. 31, 2013, at his home.

Lou was the son of Robert Peter and Theresa Agnes (Geders) Schmitz. Five brothers and two sisters were all raised in a loving, faith-filled home.

He was active in numerous ministries and grounds maintenance at the church. Lou had various jobs during his 43 years in Cortez. He was a field and clearance man with Nielsons for the new city sewer project during the 1970s. He did maintenance and sharpened the saws for the Plywood Plant, mail carrier for the U.S. Post Office, and owner/operator of “Kiddie Kare Kollege” a preschool/daycare center. Last, when he was supposed to be retired, he opened a home-based seasonal service of lawn mowers, small-engine repair and saw-sharpening business. He liked fixing anything, especially VW Beetles. He could build, repair, restore anything and was always willing and ready to help others anytime they needed him. Lou was gentle, kind and humble with a servant’s heart. He had a great sense of humor and often added quips of humor during his work and will be missed by many.

Surviving Lou is his wife of 46 years, Shelley. He is “Pop” to his three step children, Steven Burkart of Cortez, Robert Burkart of Orange, Calif., and Mary (Brad) Eads; and “Poppa” to his two grandsons, Robert and Timothy Eads of Grand Junction. Siblings are Robert, of Manchester, Mo., Mary Ann (Don) Unnerstall of Union, Mo., Mary Theresa (Jerry) Walker of Marthasville, Mo., Joseph of Creve Couer, Mo., John of Villa Ridge, Mo. and William of Shrewsbury, Mo.; numerous nieces and nephews, and many friends.

Cremation has taken place, and interment will be in Villa Ridge, Mo., at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Lou’s name to St. Margaret Mary Church Youth Group or Hospice of Montezuma, P.O. Box 740, Cortez. The family thanks you.

Arrangements are being made through Ertel Funeral Home. For further information or to send condolences, log on to www.ertelfuneralhome.com and click on the obituary section.