May 2, 2019

Harvey Leroy Schmidt

Harvey Leroy Schmidt, beloved husband and father, died on May 1, 2019.  Harvey was born in Blue Springs, Nebraska on September 21, 1934.  He graduated from DeWitt High School and the University of Nebraska with a degree in Business Administration.  He served in the Army from February 1957 to February 1959 at Fort Chaffee in Arkansas.  He met the love of his life, Shirley Jones in Beatrice, Nebraska and they married in 1962.  In 1964, their first daughter, Mary Margaret was born followed by Barbara Lynn in 1968.  Harvey worked for the City of Lincoln for many years and retired as City Treasurer in 1999.  After retirement he enjoyed traveling with family and spending time with his grandsons, Joshua and Geoffrey.

Some of his favorite times were spent at Cottonwood Beach in Southeast Nebraska and watching University of Nebraska Lincoln sports, particularly football, women’s basketball and volleyball to which he had season tickets for many years.  Harvey was also a longstanding member of Christ United Methodist Church.

Harvey was preceded in death by his mother, Angeline (Kudlik) Schmidt and father, Reuben Schmidt; one brother Gene Barber and sisters-in-law Betty Lou Barber and Lucille (Jones) Kramer.  He is survived by his wife, Shirley (Jones) Schmidt; daughters Mary Schmidt Rodriguez and Barbara Bittner; son-in-law Gary Bittner; grandsons Joshua Rodriguez and Geoffrey Bittner.  Brothers Norman Barber, Raymond Schmidt and wife Roby, Francis Schmidt and wife Dorothy, and Donald Schmidt.  Many nieces, nephews and loving friends.

Services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Monday, May 6, 2019 at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Visitation from 12:00-6:00 P.M. with family greeting friends from 3:00-5:00 P.M. on Sunday, May 5, 2019 at Wyuka Funeral Home.

Interment will be at Wyuka Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Parkinson’s Nebraska or the Capital Humane Society in Lincoln.


  1. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family during this sad time. I enjoyed meeting Mr. Schmidt in NYC many years ago when he visited Mary. He was a very kind man.

  2. Uncle Harv will be dearly missed. He always had sick a warming smile. I always remembered grandpa and him taking walks after holiday meals at great grandma Jones house and sometimes I’d tag along to go the the school playground and play.

  3. My condolences go out to my Aunt Shirley, to my cousin Mary, and to my cousin Barb. Tammy and I always enjoyed the time we spent with Uncle Harvey and your family. He will be missed. Thank you for posting this for those of us that are too far away to be by your side during this time of grief.

  4. All though we are but a distant 3rd cousin we can feel a loss of family. We have corresponded with a couple of the brothers while we have met & conversed with Fran as well as your dad, Reuben.
    We’ve had people tells us that your Mother was their Teacher.
    We know that Harvey is raised up & on his way to a Heavenly home.
    By knowing Reuben & Fran, we are sure Harvey, Ray & Don can’t be all bad!
    We express condolances, as well, to your wives & families.
    God bless.

  5. We love you and, although we can’t be there in person, you are all in our thoughts and prayers. Uncle Harvey was the best Santa when we were young. I remember him always having his camera and a smile. Love, Kristine McBride and family

  6. Harvey’s family at Tabitha’s Martha House miss seeing him slowly walking down our hallway, saying hello to everyone he passed by on his way back to his room. Sending many blessings to Harvey’s family and friends as they celebrate Harvey’s life.


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