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Lyle Schmidt

Lyle Schmidt

May 7, 1925-Dec. 2, 2013

Lyle Freeman Schmidt, 88, of Detroit Lakes, died Monday, December 2, 2013 at the VA Medical Center in Fargo.

On May 7, 1925, Lyle was the first born child of Walter and Vi (Freeman) Schmidt in Fairmont, Minn. He spent most of his childhood in the Minneapolis area and graduated from Oakwood Academy in 1948.

Soon after high school he served in the armed forces during World War II, and eventually served as a medic in Okinawa. Lyle achieved the rank of staff sergeant prior to his honorable discharge from the Army.

Lyle was united in marriage to Ruby Burgeson on June 4, 1947 in Anoka. Lyle continued his education at Union College in Lincoln, Neb., receiving a degree in education. He worked at various jobs in his early years after college. They made their home in Mound, Minn., and in 1962 moved to Detroit Lakes, where Lyle began his teaching career that lasted 30 years, until retiring in 1992.

While teaching, Lyle completed his master's degree in Special Education from the University of Minnesota in 1978.

Lyle was an active member of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church. He also enjoyed photography, leather craft, cooking Chinese food, golfing and gardening.

Surviving Lyle are his two sons, Gerald (Kathy) Schmidt of Park Rapids, and Barry Schmidt of Detroit Lakes; three grandchildren, Kris (Julio) Pitre, Angela (Matt) Plitzkow and Deborah Schmidt; one great grandson, Ethan Pitre; one sister, Nona Owen of Springfield, Mo., and her three children, Peggy, Craig and Jay; two brothers-in-law, Lawrence (Karen) Burgeson of Detroit Lakes and Donald (Lou) Burgeson of Mesa, Ariz.

Preceding Lyle in death were his parents and wife, Ruby (2009).

Memorial services are at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, 2013 in Seventh-Day Adventist Church, Detroit Lakes, with Pastor Fred Crowell, officiating. There will be visitation for one hour prior to services.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the West-Kjos Funeral Home of Detroit Lakes. Those wanting to share memories and condolences online may use the guestbook section at