Cletus L. Schmit
Cletus L. “Clete” Schmit, 85, of Gilbertville, died Saturday, May 13, at the Cedar Valley Hospice Home of bile duct cancer.

He was born November 23, 1931 on the family farm in Jesup, son of Valentine “Val” and Matilda Mangrich Schmit. Clete graduated from Immaculate Conception High School in Gilbertville in 1949. He was a Corporal in the U. S. Army during the Korean War.

Clete married Marcella Pierce on August 20, 1956 at St. Mary’s of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church in Eagle Center. He was employed with Rath Packing Company until it closed in 1984 and farmed in the Gilbertville area. He was semi-retired but continued helping out. His greatest memories were visiting all 50 states and the Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. in 2013.

He was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, the Catholic Order of Foresters St. Mary’s Court 1099, the Knights of Columbus Council 700 and the American Legion Post 714. Clete served on several boards: Immaculate Conception Grade School, Don Bosco High School, Farm Credit Services of America, Black Hawk County Pork Producers, Farmers Mutual Telephone, Catholic Order of Foresters (C.O.F.) serving on the local, district and state court: St. Mary’s Ct. 1099, Local–Chief Ranger, Vice Chief Ranger and Program Chairman; District–President, Vice President and Trustee; State of Iowa–State Chief Ranger and Vice Chief Ranger. He was awarded C.O.F. 2008 Iowa Fraternalist of the Year Award. He also served on American Legion Nugent-Demuth Post 714, Gilbertville: Commander, Executive Committee and Financial Officer (13 years).

Survivors include: his wife, Marci; his children, Crystal (Dennis) Murphy of Central City, Cheryl (Jim) Hall of Centennial, Colorado, Gary (Anne) Schmit of Mason City, Daniel (Leta) Schmit of Jesup and Connie (Allen) Mangrich of Gilbertville; 19 grandchildren, Ryan (Candice), Becky (Greg) Simpson, Brock and Laurel Murphy, Nat, Terrin, Lyndi and Andie Hall, Ellie and George Schmit, Sarah (Tim) Secory and Matt Schneider, Jacob, Jonathan, Rachel and Caleb Schmit, and Troy, Jason (Emily) and Drew Mangrich; five great-grandchildren, Kellen and Keegan Murphy, Nora and Gregor Secory and Hallie Mangrich; a brother, Eugene Schmit of Gilbertville; a sister, Laurene Weiers of Phoenix, Arizona; and a sister-in-law, Mary Lou Schmit of Waterloo.

Clete is preceded in death by his parents; a granddaughter, Callista Hall; four brothers and sisters-in-law, Lawrence (Mildred), Arnold (Gen), Irvin (Dorothy) and Edwin Schmit; and seven sisters and brothers-in-law, Marcella (Bill) Sadler, Martina, Viola (Al) Frost, Agatha (Joe) Thome, Irma (Frank) Kresser, Bev Schmit and Will Weiers.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, The Bosco System, American Legion Post 714 or Cedar Valley Hospice.

Condolences may be left with www.hagartywaychoffgrarup.com.
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