MONTEZUMA - LaVeda Claries (Koehn) Schmidt, age 87, was born on Aug. 2, 1933 to Oren T. and Hulda (Koehn) Koehn in McPherson County, KS. She died on Dec. 20, 2020 at the Bethel Home in Montezuma, KS. She grew up and attended school in the Canton, KS, area. Because of her mother’s poor health she learned to work at a young age, and developed a strong work ethic which she carried through life. On Nov. 23, 1952 she was united in marriage to me, Willard Schmidt, at the Lone Tree Congregation in Galva. 

Those left to cherish her memory are her husband Willard of Montezuma; three sons, Dale D. Schmidt of Rich Hill, MO; Lonnie W. Schmidt of Delta, CO; and Ancel K. Schmidt of Bonners Ferry, ID; a brother, Milton Koehn of Fredonia, KS; 10 grandchildren; 23 great grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents and an infant great-grandson. 

Funeral service will be held at Montezuma Mennonite Church on Dec. 22, 2020 at 2 p.m. Burial will follow at Montezuma Mennonite Cemetery. Visitation will be at Swaim Funeral Chapel, Montezuma, KS on Dec. 21, 2020 from noon to 8 p. Memorials are suggested to Bethel Home in care of the funeral home. Thoughts and memories may be shared in the online guest book at

Posted online on December 21, 2020