Louis Schmitz, 86 of Hankinson, ND passed away Wednesday, September 17, 2008 at St. Gerard's Community Nursing Home, Hankinson , ND . Funeral service will be Tuesday, September 23, 2008 at 10:00 a.m. at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, Mantador , ND . Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery , Mantador with military honors by the Hankinson American Legion Eberhard Post 88. Visitation will be Monday from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. at the Frank Family Funeral Home in Hankinson , ND and Tuesday one hour prior to the service at the church.
Louis Schmitz was born on October 28, 1921 in Mantador, ND, the son of John and Marguerite (Nels) Schmitz. The family grew up in a small house in Mantador and Louis graduated from Hankinson, ND. Louis attended NDSU in Fargo, ND, completing a machinist course. In June of 1942 he enlisted in the Navy and proudly served his country as a helmsman on a LCM personal landing craft. He was honorably discharged in 1944. Upon returning home he worked in his dad’s blacksmith shop. He then opened a service station along with a cream and egg business. As business was slow he ended up closing and got a job in the local elevator. After that he stripped blue grass and Brome grass, sold seed and was a buyer for Schweitzer Flax Straw Company. In 1960 he became a postmaster in Mantador. After that he found a uranium vein and started the Green River Oil Corp. This was looking very promising until the Three Mile island disaster which really hurt the uranium business.
Louie’s first love was inventing. Over the years he had many inventing projects. He was a life long member of the V.F.W. and the American Legion. At the age of 86, Louis entered St. Gerard’s Community Nursing Home, Hankinson, where he lived until his death. Louis enjoyed family, friends, fishing and music.
Louis is survived by a brother: Philip, St. Paul, MN; a sister: Marion Roth, Bismarck, ND and numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews who will miss him.
He was preceded in death by his parents: John & Marguerite Schmitz; brothers: John, Steve & Frank; sisters: Barbara Moen, Anna Schmitz, Marguerite Flock and Helen Roth.
Frank Family Funeral Home, Hankinson , ND is in charge of the arrangements.