John Wayne Schmidt

John Wayne Schmidt was born in Turtle Lake, N.D. on June 18, 1948 and peacefully passed away on Jan. 17, 2021 at the Ivy Long Term Care Facility in Great Falls, Mont. He was 72 years old.

Visitation will be held Monday, Feb 1, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Whitted Funeral Chapel in Shelby, Mont.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Feb. 2, at 11 a.m. at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Shelby. Burial with military honors to follow in Mountain View Cemetery. Social distancing protocol will be enforced.

John graduated from Shelby High School and during this time he soloed out for his pilot’s license. He enlisted in the U.S. Army where he served in Germany transporting arms. When he returned to Shelby, he did many different jobs such as lumber mill worker, construction laborer, railroad section crew, mobile home set up crew, garage door and genie door opener installer. John worked in Washington D.C. installing garage doors and openers. After time John decided he was going to try something different and went to surveyor school. He completed 1 1/2 years but did not complete the program. 

John enjoyed playing his guitar, listening to good music, dancing, enjoyed being around people and discussing worldly things. You see, John was an eccentric in his own way. He was very generous and would give you the shirt off his back if he could. John had many friends and acquaintances. He will be truly missed.

John is survived by his brother, Marlin Schmidt; sister-in-law, Rebecca Schmidt; sister, Debbie Fisher; brother, Tim Schmidt; niece, Tammy Schmidt Barkus; nephew, Chance Fisher; niece, Jennifer Geisen; daughter, Liza McDonald; many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

John is preceded in death by his father, Reuben Schmidt; mother, Sylvia Peterson; and stepfather, Douglas Peterson. 

John, we love you and we will all be together one day.

Condolences can be made to John’s memorial page at