Anthony James Schmieder was born November 22, 1946, in Ute, Iowa, the son of Bernhard and Ruth Wellner Schmieder. He died at his home in Charter Oak on Wednesday, January 25, 2017.
Anthony was baptized in Christ December 8, 1946, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Ute and was confirmed at St. John Lutheran Church in Charter Oak on March 26, 1961. He received his education in the Charter Oak-Ute School System and graduated from Charter Oak High School with the class of 1965. He was drafted into the US Army in 1967, and served in Vietnam in the Artillery division.
He met Archie Vinnece in the 70's while she was working at the bowling alley in Fort Dodge. They saw each other at various bowling tournaments, including Lutheran and VFW tournaments, and they eventually married on May 1, 1993, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Ute. They made their home in Charter Oak. Most of his life he worked the family farm. He also worked as a maintenance man at Walmart, where he retired in 2012.
Tony enjoyed bowling and hunting, especially deer hunting, with friends all around Crawford County. He also found great pleasure in playing cards, in particular Euchre and Cribbage, as well as on-line card games. He was a collector of beer steins and enjoyed caring for his wife’s cat Princess, teasing his grandchildren and having coffee with friends. Tony was a member of the VFW Post 5605 of Ute and the American Legion Homer Hall Post 66 of Charter Oak.
Preceding him in death were his father in 2008 and his wife in 2012. Survivors include: two daughters: Jami Andersen and her husband, Eric; and Brandy Vrchoticky, all of Harlan, Iowa; ten grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; his mother, Ruth Schmieder of Denison; one brother, Bruce Schmieder of Charter Oak; three sisters: Susan Menz of Westcliffe, Colorado; Connie Doudy and her husband, Bill of Denison; and Joyce Lohoff of Walnut, Iowa; other relatives and friends.