Wilbert H. Schmidt, 93, of Goessel, Kan., died Feb. 6, 2021, at Bethesda Home. He was born July 12, 1927, to Theodore and Mary (Boese) Schmidt.
He graduated from Goessel High School in 1945, from Bethel College in North Newton in 1955 and from Emporia State Teacher’s College in 1963.
He served in Civilian Public Service for 14 months in Camino, Calif., and Lincoln, Neb. After CPS, he was uncertain about what to do until he was encouraged to enter the field of education. After he completed his education at Bethel College, he began his 39 years of teaching, primarily middle school math and science.
He married his high school sweetheart, Eunice Maxine Schroeder, on June 13, 1950. She preceded him in death on November 16, 2016.
He was an involved member of his church, Goessel Mennonite, since 1944. He served as a deacon there for 18 years and taught Sunday school for many years as well. Additionally, he was mayor of Goessel for four years, and served on the Goessel City Council for 14 years.
Survivors include two children, Dyann (William) Bockstahler of Hillsboro, Ore., and Kenley (Susan) Schmidt of Rochester, Minn.; four siblings, Helen Stephens, Millie Loewen, Don Schmidt and Esther Springer; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Services were held at Miller-Ott Funeral Home, Goessel. Private burial took place at Goessel Mennonite Church Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Bethesda Home.