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May 10, 2021

4/8/2021 2:45:00 PM
Private family funeral for Arnie Smidt April 12 at St. John's

Arnold L. Smidt, 86, a lifelong resident of Stewartville, died peacefully on Tuesday, April 6, 2021 from complications of a heart attack at Mayo Clinic Rochester-St. Marys Campus.
Arnold (Arnie) Lloyd Smidt was born the son of Clovis and Dorothy (Stevenson) Smidt on Jan. 11, 1935 in Stewartville. He grew up on the family farm southeast of town and graduated from Stewartville High School in 1952. He and the love of his life, Jeannette L. Swanson were married on Feb. 26, 1955 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Stewartville. Arnie worked as a psychiatric technician at the Rochester State Hospital for 13 years after graduating from high school. He then began a long successful career in the HVAC business working in sales for the Girard Steel, Woodruff and finally, Rochester Supply Companies until retiring in 1998. For many years Arnie also worked as a part time bartender at the former Fish House Restaurant in Stewartville. He became quite famous for making those fancy and delicious ice cream Pink Squirrels, Golden Cadillacs, and Grasshoppers.
Arnie was a lifelong member of St. John's Lutheran Church, where he was head usher for many years and held many other church offices including being president of the congregation. He was a faithful man, loved his Lord, and he and his wife Jeannette, saw that their children were raised to know and love the Lord as well. Arnie enjoyed bowling, golfing, fishing, shooting pool and made many "mostly successful" trips to the casino, as well. Arnie was a noted card shark in town. He particularly excelled at and loved playing the games of Bridge, 500 and Cribbage. After retirement, Arnie and Jeannette made the trek to Yuma, Arizona together during the cold Minnesota winter months for many years before she passed away on Jan. 24, 2010. The couple loved the warm desert southwest and each annual trip down was an adventure for them. Arnie was grateful that he could resume being an Arizona "snowbird" for a few years following Jeannette's death as well.
Arnie was a great neighbor, a trustworthy friend, a cheerful, friendly, and honest person with a great smile. Most importantly he was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, and uncle. He will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved him. The Smidt family would like to say special thanks to the Stewartville First Responders as well as to the Mayo Clinic Cardiac unit staff for their top-notch professional assistance and expertise during this medical crisis for Arnie.
He is survived by his six children, Becky (Buck) Fredricksen of Stewartville; David (Diane) Smidt of Stewartville; Marybeth (Norb) Hemann of Stacyville, Iowa; John Smidt of Nehelam, Oregon; Amy (Rob) Myhrvold of Stewartville; and Mark (Christa) Smidt of Stewartville. He is also survived by his fourteen grandchildren, Matthew (Jessi) Smidt, Tricia (Tony) Knutson, Jacque (Josh) Karaus, Will (Amanda) Fredricksen, Hannah Hemann (Bryan Reiter), Michael (Shelby) Smidt, Laura (Josh) Bain, Michelle (Skyler) Hulshizer, Tyler Smidt, Kaylee Smidt (Carter Jannsen), Autumn Smidt, Connor Myhrvold, Nathan Smidt and Megan Myhrvold; nine great-grandchildren, Charlie Knutson, Penelope Smidt, Grayson Fredricksen, William Knutson, Quentin Smidt, Lucy Knutson, Caleb Fredricksen, Kaitlyn Smidt and Ellie Hulshizer; and two great-stepgrandchildren, Wyatt Groth and Gavin Harrison.
Other family member survivors include his sisters, Shirley Luedke of Anchorage, Alaska; and Kathy Crace of Peterson; sister-in-law, Marsha Baird of Reseda, California; and his brothers, Glenn Smidt of Babbitt; Ken (Gail) Smidt of Racine; Jerry Smidt of Austin; brother-in-law, Dean Waibel of Phoenix, Arizona; and many nieces and nephews.
Arnie was preceded in death by his wife, Jeannette, his parents, his sisters-in-law, Betty Smidt and Harriet Waibel, and brothers in-law, Duane Luedke, Chuck Swanson, Bob Swanson, Mike Baird and Bob Crace.
A time of visitation for family and friends will take place Sunday afternoon, April 11, 2021 from 3-6 p.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church in Stewartville. Masks are mandatory and safe social distancing protocols will be in place.
The private family funeral service will take place on Monday, April 12, 2021 at St. John's Lutheran Church at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Lyle Fritsch officiating. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery in Stewartville.
Memorials can be made to the Stewartville Center for Active Adults, St. John's Lutheran Church or to the donor's choice.
Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray Funeral Home in Stewartville. Condolences and memories of Arnie are welcome at
A live stream of Arnie's funeral service can be viewed by going to St. John's Lutheran Church website at 10:45 a.m. on Monday, April 12, 2021 and clicking on the following link - Watch Online (

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