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Lee Schmid, father-in-law of Frank Brown ’74; grandfather of Ryan Brown (Class of 2001, non grad)

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Reverend Blane Wasnie, OSB, on Monday, March 30th at 10:00 a.m., at St. Benedict’s Catholic Church in Avon, Minnesota. Visitation will be held Sunday from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. with parish prayers at 7:30 p.m. at St. Benedict’s Catholic Church, and also one hour prior to the service on Monday morning at the church.

Lee Benedict Schmid, beloved husband, father and brother died on Thursday, March 26 as a result of complications from congestive heart failure. Lee led a long and fulfilling life in Avon. He was born on October 10, 1923 in Avon, to Ed and Luella (Roche) Schmid. He married Ida Mae Loso “Mazie” on June 29, 1946. Lee and Mazie were happily married for 55 years and raised 9 children in Avon.

Lee graduated high school from St. Cloud Tech and attended one year of business college in Minneapolis, before he was drafted into the army. Lee served his country in WW II from 1943 to 1946. After the army, Lee returned to Avon to run the family dairy farm. It is on the family farm where Lee and Mazie were blessed with nine children and instilled in them the importance of work ethic and strong values.

Lee began working at Avon Lumber on January 1, 1969, where he was a sales associate in charge of farm sales. Lee was widely recognized for his proficiency in numbers and mathematics. It was often said that Lee was faster than any calculator. Lee proudly worked at the lumber yard for Terry and Judy Schmid for 37 years, retiring on December 23, 2005, at the age of 82. Several of Lee’s children also worked at the lumber yard, which filled Lee with pride and joy, and perhaps some trepidation.  Lee was a man of few words, and believed that actions spoke louder than words. Lee volunteered for the St. Benedict’s Catholic Church. Lee and Mazie also served the community by volunteering for Meals on Wheels for many years.

Surviving Lee are his children Lynn (George) Tchouban, Denver, CO.; Sue (James) Svoboda, Fresno, CA.; Patty (Bob) Kleinart, St. Cloud, MN.; Mary Kay Schmid, Avon, MN.; Laurie (Frank) Brown, Ogden, UT.; Kim Schmid, Minneapolis, MN.; Ron Schmid, Littleton, CO.; and Kristie (Mark) Schmid, Edina, MN.; siblings Lois Buettner and Donald Schmid; 10 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren.

Lee was preceded in death by his wife Mazie, son Larry, his parents, brother Bill and sister Dorothy.  The family wishes to thank the wonderful and caring staff at St. Benedict’s Senior Community in St. Cloud, the staff and care givers at Mother of Mercy Campus of Care in Albany, Minnesota, the St. Cloud Hospital Heart Center, Dr’s Florea & Congdon and Dr. Nathen Brever, his attendant Scottie, and all those who brought love, laughter and care to Lee over the years.

The family requests any memorials be sent on Lee’s behalf to the Avon Fire Department.