Ronald L. Schmidt, 83 of Aledo, passed away June 8, 2022 at Mercer Manor, Aledo. Funeral services will be 4 p.m., Monday, June 13, at Speer Funeral Home, Aledo, with visitation prior to services from 2 to 4 p.m. Memorials may be made to the Aledo United Methodist Church for the sound system. Services will be livestreamed on the Speer Funeral Home Facebook page.
Ron was born on November 4, 1938 in Davenport, IA to Michael and Marie (Kelting) Schmidt. He married Linda Stankee and later Linda Ott, both of whom preceded him in death. He married Carole Reusch on March 2, 2002.
Ron resided on the family farm outside of Wheatland, IA until 1957 when he graduated from Bennett High School. He then worked as an apprentice and learned autobody repair, coming to Aledo in the mid 1960s. He eventually opened Ron’s Body Shop in Aledo. Ron had a love of old cars and still owned the car he drove when he graduated high school, a 1950 Ford. He was also an avid NASCAR fan.
Survivors include his wife Carole; children and spouses: Ronald and Jennifer Schmidt of DeWitt, Lee and Danell Schmidt of Davenport, and Laura Sharon of Wyoming, MI; stepchildren and spouses: Kirk and Linda Reusch of Lake Zurich, IL, Tim and Shelly Reusch of Aledo, and Todd Reusch of Des Moines; 13 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; two wives; a sister: Marilyn Stoeker; and a grandson: Elijah Sharon.