Kenneth F. Schmitz

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Kenneth F. Schmitz, 83, of Arkadelphia, Arkansas and formerly of Ossian, IA died Thursday, January 23, 2020, at Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Kenneth Frank Joseph Schmitz was born on Saturday, November 21, 1936, in Decorah, Winneshiek County, IA the son of Philip Allen and Florence Antionette (Miller) Schmitz. He graduated from St. Francis de Sales Catholic High School in the class of 1954. Ken was united in marriage to Helen Jane Donlon on January 12, 1957 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Elkader, IA. They made their home in Ossian where Ken had joined his father, Philip, in the family business at Schmitz Furniture, Floorcovering and Funeral Home in 1956.

Ken moved his family to Waukon where he managed Schmitz Furniture Store from 1964 to 1967. The family moved to Clinton, IA for seven years where Ken worked at various jobs. The family then moved back to Ossian.  Ken and Jane along with Ken’s mother, Florence Schmitz, and their children, operated the family business in Ossian from 1973 until 1989.  Ken and Jane then moved to Arkadelphia, Arkansas where Ken worked for Hardman Lumber from July 1, 1989 until he retired on December 31, 2016. 

Left to honor his memory are his wife of 63 years, Jane Schmitz of Arkadelphia, AR; eight children, Maureen Nesvik of Arkadelphia, AR, Michael Schmitz of Arkadelphia, AR, Phil (Pam) Schmitz of Sioux Falls, SD, Paul Schmitz of Oelwein, IA; Kevin Schmitz of Davenport, IA; Kent (Diane) Schmitz of St. Joseph, MN; Lisa (Matt) Beecher of Davenport, IA; and Linda (Michael) Raines of Arkadelphia, AR; 12 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; sister, Mary Lou Uhlenhake of Ossian, IA; sister-in-law Sharon Schmitz of Clinton, IA; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Ken was preceded in death by his parents, several grandchildren, brother Karl Schmitz, Sr., sister Karen Hemesath and two brothers-in-law, Ivan Uhlenhake and Jack Hemesath.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, January 30, 2020, at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, Ossian, Iowa with Rev. Robert Gross officiating. Interment will follow at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Cemetery, Ossian, Iowa. A visitation will be held at the church on Wednesday from 3 to 7 p.m. and one hour before the service. A K. C. Rosary will be held at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday by the Ossian Knights of Columbus Council #2073, Scripture service will be at 6:30 p.m.. on Wednesday.

A Memorial Fund has been established.

A Memorial Service will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Arkadelphia, Arkansas at a later date.

An online obituary can be found at




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