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Paul Alphons Schmitt

March 21, 1935 — September 17, 2023

St. Marys

Paul Alphons Schmitt was born March 21, 1935, in Springfield, MN; the eldest child of Alphons George and Nell Marie Schmitt. Later, his family moved to Lake Elsinore, CA, where he graduated and married his high school sweetheart, Nancy (Butler). Paul and Nancy were married February 27, 1954 at St. Francis of Rome Catholic Church in Lake Elsinore; a union that lasted  over 69 years.
 
Initially, Paul joined the California Highway Patrol. Later, for a time, he was Deputy Sheriff of Colusa County, CA. However, being a "man of the land" at heart, he made a career change and became a cowboy. He worked for several ranches in California, Nevada, and Colorado, over the next several years, turned to construction, for a while, but ultimately the saddle called him back. He retired in the 1990's from a small cattle operation in Oregon.
 
Paul was a musician, with a smooth, golden voice and had a talent for singing harmony. He played bluegrass and country music for 18 years with his banjo-picking partner and later became involved with the cowboy poetry and music movement, playing and reciting at many gatherings across the Western United States.
 
Ever a staunch Catholic, Paul never accepted the changes of the Second Vatican Council and returned to tradition as soon as possible, after learning of the presence of the SSPX in the United States. He attended Mass and devotions and helped to build and support churches and schools for over 40 years. Paul and Nancy have been members of the Assumption/Immaculata parish since 2007.
 
Paul entered eternity on September 17th at St. Marys Manor after a long battle with leukemia.
 
Paul is preceded in death by his daughter, Mary (Rich) Treanor. He is survived by his wife, Nancy, his sister, Carolyn Matson, his daughters Sally (Scott) Trotter and Sue (Don) Pellegrino, his sons, Jim (Liz), John, Tom, Dan (Jenny), Don (Lea), his 22 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.
 
Requiem Mass will be 11:00 A.M. Friday, September, 22, 2023 at Immaculata Catholic Church.  Burial will be in Our Lady Of Peace Cemetery.  A Rosary will be recited at 5:20 P.M. Thursday, September 21, 2023 at the Immaculata.  
 
In leiu of flowers donation may be made to St. Marys Academy and sent in care of the funeral home.
 
 
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Rosary

Thursday, September 21, 2023

Starts at 5:15 pm (Central time)

Immaculata Catholic Church

701 N 2nd Street, St. Marys, 66536

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Requiem Mass

Friday, September 22, 2023

11:00am - 12:00 pm (Central time)

Immaculata Catholic Church

701 N 2nd Street, St. Marys, 66536

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Burial

Friday, September 22, 2023

Starts at 12:15 pm (Central time)

Our Lady Of Peace Cemetery

Mt Calvary Rd, Saint Marys, KS 66536

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