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OBIT: “Comet” Craig Martin Schmidt, 64, of Charles City

This news story was published on February 13, 2018.
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“Comet” Craig Martin Schmidt, 64, of Charles City, Iowa, passed away at his home on February 11, 2018.

A memorial service for Craig Schmidt will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, February, 16, 2018 at Hauser Funeral Home with Pastor Russ Leeper of Saint John Evangelical Lutheran Church in Charles City officiating. A gathering of family and friends will be one hour prior to the service on Friday.

“Comet” Craig Martin Schmidt, the son of Martin and Hazel (Schaer) Schmidt, was born December 11, 1953 in Waverly, Iowa. Craig graduated from Charles City High School in 1972. He was known for playing football and being a runner. He earned his nickname “Comet” from high school. Craig married Pamela Cheney on August 11, 1978 at Saint John Evangelical Lutheran Church in Charles City.

Craig worked for White Farm, Guardian Photo, Jendro Sanitation, and Paquin. He owned “The Banner” antique mall in Nashua. After working for Paquin he became self-employed as a lawn care specialist with his company Weedguard Plus. Craig was a member of Saint John Evangelical Lutheran Church and the Elks Lodge. Craig enjoyed the outdoors where he would fish, camp, boat, and tubing down the Apple River. He enjoyed gambling occasionally and would play poker with his friends at the Elks Lodge. Craig was also an avid antique picker.

Living family members include his wife, Pamela Schmidt; two sons: Corey (Julie) Schmidt and Cole Schmidt; sister, Linda (Daryl) Ellison; mother-in-law Audrey (Frank) Friedoff; brothers-in-law Mike Cheney and Jeff Cheney; and grandchildren: Hailey, Heidie, Hayden, Ryan, and Bradley.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Martin and Hazel; father-in-law Roger Cheney; and grandson, Jacob; and his beloved Corgi “7”.
In lieu of flowers, the family has set up a GoFundMe page for contributions.

Hauser Funeral Home, (641) 228-2323, in Charles City, is in charge of local arrangements. Online condolences may be left for the family at

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