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Gary Schmit

Gary Schmit

Nov. 20, 1956-March 27, 2013

Gary A. Schmit, 56, of Detroit Lakes, died Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at Essentia Health-Oak Crossing in Detroit Lakes.

Gary Allen Schmit was born to Edwin and Betty (Murray) Schmit on November 20, 1956 in Detroit Lakes. He grew up and attended school in Detroit Lakes, graduating from Detroit Lakes High School in 1975.

Over the years Gary worked in sales for a number of companies, including Bridgeman's Land O'Lakes of Moorhead and Dacotah Paper of Fargo, where he had worked the past 13 years.

On September 22, 1984 he was united in marriage to Mary Lou Martinson in Vergas. They made their home in Fargo for four years before moving to Detroit Lakes.

Gary loved the outdoors, hunting, fishing and golf. He also enjoyed taxidermy, owning and operating Mirror Image Taxidermy. He liked conservative talk radio and John Wayne western movies. He was known to be a perfectionist in his yard work as well as in his taxidermy shop.

He liked being around people and was a gracious host, always making sure everyone was well fed. He was very active at First Baptist Church, serving as a deacon and a trustee. Time spent with his family was very important to him.

Surviving Gary are his wife Mary Lou; two sons, Adam Schmit of Ottertail and Landon Schmit of Detroit Lakes; three brothers, Larry Murray of Lake Park, Kevin (Karen) McDonald of Detroit Lakes and Keith (Teresa) McDonald of Mapleton, N.D.; two sisters, Deborah Schmit of Detroit Lakes and Diana (William) Sandsmark of Fargo; stepfather, Ronald McDonald of Detroit Lakes; and many nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death were his parents and one brother, Richard Peck.

A memorial service was held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 30 in First Baptist Church, Detroit Lakes, with visitation for one hour prior to services.

Arrangements have been entrusted to West-Kjos Funeral Home, Detroit Lakes.

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