Arvil Schmidt

Arvil Wayne Schmidt

Tuesday, March 23rd, 1926 - Sunday, September 8th, 2019
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Arvil Wayne Schmidt, the son of Emma Psychigoda Schmidt and Joseph Benjamin Schmidt, was born on March 23, 1926, on a farm near Hope, Kansas. He died on Sunday, September 8, in Topeka, Kansas.
Arvil attended Mount Ayers Elementary School and graduated from Hope High School in 1944.
Arvil was World War II veteran. He joined the Navy in 1944 and was assigned to the USS O’Toole Destroyer Escort, DE 527, in 1945. In 1946, Arvil was transferred to the USS Midway Carrier, CV-41.
After being discharged from the Navy in 1947, Arvil enrolled at Kansas State University in Electrical Engineering. He graduated in 1951 and began working for Boeing in Wichita, Kansas. In 1962, Arvil transferred to Boeing in Seattle, Washington, and continued to work in the air craft electrical field. In 1980, Arvil became a Designated Engineering Representative for the FFA for the 757 electrical power system developments. Arvil continued to work for Boeing until his retirement in 1988, having served as a lead engineer responsible for providing electrical support for new commercial programs and research in the electrical field.
Arvil relocated to Topeka, Kansas in 2003, to be closer to relatives. He enjoyed fishing, hiking, and traveling, especially after retiring. Arvil was preceded in death by his parents, and a sister, Marjorie Jean Dautel Hogan. He is survived by two nieces, Judy Hafner and husband Brent of Topeka, Kansas and Deborah Elliott and husband Tim of Abilene, five grand nieces and nephews, and five great grand nieces.
A Graveside Service with Military Honors will be held at the Ebenezer Baptist Cemetery in Abilene, Kansas at 10:30AM, Thursday, September 12, 2019 with Pastor Lindsey Brummer officiating. Family will receive friends Wednesday evening from 5-7PM at Martin-Becker-Carlson Funeral Home in Abilene. The family suggests memorials may be made in his name to Elara Caring of Kansas ( Online condolences may be sent to
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  • Visitation

    Wednesday, September 11th, 2019 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Wednesday, September 11th, 2019 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Martin-Becker-Carlson Funeral Home
    414 N 3rd
    ABILENE, KS 67410
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  • Service

    Thursday, September 12th, 2019 | 10:30am
    Thursday, September 12th, 2019 10:30am
    Pastor Lindsey Brummer
  • Interment

    Ebenezer Baptist Church Cemetery
    Rural Abilene
    Rural Abilene, KS
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The Litfin's

Posted at 01:13pm
Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.
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Mike and Pam Lively

Posted at 06:25am
We pray the love of God enfolds you during your journey through grief. Please make sure after the funeral that Judy H. Get theses.
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Saundra Hartl

Posted at 02:53pm
To Debbie and Judy, I remember your uncle as a child. He was one of the older cousins and I always looked up to him. We didn't get to see him very often but when we did I always remembered how patient he was. As I got older and moved to Colorado, one of my fondest memories is when he and Reed came to my house and we saw the sights of Colorado. Hate to admit it but he was in better shape for walking than me. Ed and I were also remembering when he came to our house in Great Bend and enjoyed swimming as much as the young ones. Though my memories are not near as many as your, his passing has left an empty space in my heart. I regret that because of work I will not be able to be with you to celebrate his life but will be keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

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