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Alan Schmidt

Alan Schmidt

Alan Charles Schmidt, 54, of Marissa, IL; born May 15, 1958 in Mehlville, MO; passed away on Tuesday, January 22, 2013 in Peoria, IL.

Alan loved agriculture and was involved in it all of his life. He was a farmer and currently a regional manager with Specialized Fertilizer Products (SFP). He was a member of St. Agatha Catholic Church; Knights of Columbus and Sons of the American Legion and a member of the Southern Illinois Fertilizer Board.

He was preceded in death by his parents Elmer and Shirley, nee Franke, Schmidt.

He is survived by his loving wife Jeana, nee Hentzel, Schmidt whom he married on April 23, 1982 at St. Agatha Catholic Church in New Athens, IL. He will be sadly missed by his two adoring daughters – Jackie Schmidt (Friend Phil Weaver) of St. Louis, MO; Joanna Schmidt of Marissa, IL. Two brothers – Rodney (Diane) Schmidt of Apex, NC; Elmer (Lynn) Schmidt of Columbia, IL. Father and mother-in-law – Marvin and Dorothy Hentzel of New Athens, IL. 1 brother-in-law – Joel (Angie) Hentzel of McCalla, AL. 2 sisters-in-law – Jan Taake of O’Fallon, IL; Julie (Mike) Crowe of Edwardsville, IL. Uncle Al will be greatly missed by his many nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made in Alan’s name to St. Agatha Parish and will be received at: St. Agatha Catholic Church; 205 South Market Street; New Athens, IL 62264.

Visitation: Friends may call at St. Agatha Catholic Church in New Athens, IL on Sunday, January 27, 2013 from 2:00pm to 7:00pm (Rosary service will be held at 2:00pm on Sunday, Knights of Columbus service will be held at 3:00pm on Sunday) and on Monday, January 28, 2013 from 9:00am to 10:00am.

Funeral: A mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Agatha Catholic Church in New Athens, IL on Monday, January 28, 2013 at 10:00am with Father James Nall officiating.

Interment: Burial will be held in St. Agatha Catholic Cemetery in New Athens, IL.

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  1. Administrator says:

    I shared a lot of laughs with Alan for several years and found him to be quite a caring person-he once called me on my birthday and played his music for me!
    Godspeed Alan.

    Posted by: Kathy Sams – TX – Colleague Jan 24, 2013

  2. Administrator says:

    Worked with Alan off and on during his time with Royster-Clark. A fine, intelligent hard working man. Enjoyed working with and being around him.

    Posted by: George Cox – Owensboro, KY – Former business associate Jan 24, 2013

  3. Administrator says:

    I’ve known Alan for over 30 years and he was always a great friend. We worked together, hunted together and laughed a lot together. It was always so obvious how much he wanted to help everyone he came in contact with. I will miss Alan very much. He made this world a better place.

    Posted by: Bob Rainey – Coal Valley, IL – Friend and coworker Jan 24, 2013

  4. Administrator says:

    I was shocked and saddened to learn of Alan’s passing. I was a co worker of Alan’s at Monsanto and we continued to be a part of each other’s business network for the last several years. I always valued his opinion and input on what was happening in the industry. We will all miss him. My sincere sympathy to his family. RIP Alan

    Posted by: Bill Randell – Austin, Texas, TX – business associate/friend Jan 25, 2013

  5. Administrator says:

    Alan will always be remembered by me as a most polite & hard working student who was liked by hiss classmates. I especially enjoyed playing basketball with and against him before Coach Schulte got his practice session started, in my first few years of teaching at Marissa in the old Twp. H.S. Building. This made watching him play the Charters Conference opponents that much more enjoyable. His younger brothers were fine students and athletes as well & I’m sure they & their families will miss him greatly. They will all be in my prayers in the days and years ahead as we remember together Matthew 5:4.

    Posted by: Chuck Trent – CONCORD, IL – former High School History Teach Jan 25, 2013

  6. Administrator says:

    I have only known Alan for a short time and began serving with him on the Southern Illinois Fertilizer board this past year. I looked forward to working with him on future projects with our respective companies.

    Bill Benner

    Posted by: Bill Benner – Mt. Pulaski, IL – business associate Jan 25, 2013

  7. Administrator says:

    My deepest sympathy, perhaps it can help knowing so many share your loss. Our thoughts are with your entire family. Much love being sent your way–Jill

    Posted by: Jill Vasquez Mills – Raleigh, NC Jan 25, 2013

  8. Administrator says:

    Alan and I spent many evenings together on the basketball court at MHS. He was a great guy and friend. I don’t remember Alan ever having a bad word to say about anyone. I know he will be dearly missed by his entire family and all of his friends. God Bless each of you and you will be in my thoughts and prayers.

    Posted by: Kenny Bartley – Dongola, IL – Friend Jan 25, 2013

  9. Administrator says:

    Rodney & Elmer – I was so sad to hear of Alan’s passing. My deepest sympathy to the entire Schmidt family. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

    Posted by: Lisa Peters Emling – DuQuoin, IL – Friend Jan 25, 2013

  10. Administrator says:

    I am so sorry and shocked to hear of Alan’s death. He was a year ahead of me but I knew him pretty well. I never heard a negative thing come out of his mouth. I wish I had the perfect words to say to Jeana and the girls, I don’t. Just lean on friends and family now to help you through this. And rest comfortably knowing he is now in the hands of his Lord. Thoughts and prayers are with you all. RIP Alan!!!! You were a class act!!!

    Posted by: Pamela Sinn-Hargan – Springfield, IL – friend Jan 25, 2013

  11. Administrator says:

    Rodney and Elmer – I’m so sorry for your loss. Alan was a good man.

    Posted by: Karen Ratay – Boonville, MO – Marissa grad Jan 25, 2013

  12. Administrator says:

    Sorry to hear of Alan’spassing. I worked with Alan during the Asgrow/Dekalb days. We had a great time every time I worked with Alan. Especially memorable was a trip to Bristol, TN to a NASCAR race in an RV. Great memories from a great man and good friend. He will be missed.

    Posted by: Greg Watters – Staunton, IL – Friend Jan 25, 2013

  13. Administrator says:

    I was blessed to work with Alan at River Ag of Illinois. Alan was a very gracious man and loved his family, I could tell that by his words. I was shocked to hear of his passing but we never know what God’s plans are for us and God was ready for Alan to come home. I will pray for strength for his family during this time because I know no matter what God’s plans are for us we are never ready to let go our our loved ones especially our Daddies. God Bless you all and may you have strength to endure but have strength in knowing that he is in a better place. GOD BLESS

    Posted by: Mary Lea Evans – Metropolis, IL – Previous Co-Worker Jan 25, 2013

  14. Administrator says:

    I had the pleasure of working with Alan. He was a great person and a very good friend. I always looked forward to being with him. Not only was he a good and caring person he was a very good salesperson.

    My thought and prayers with be with his family.

    Posted by: Bill Carlisle – Coppell, TX – Business friend Jan 25, 2013

  15. Administrator says:

    We were fortunate to meet the Schmidt family when we moved to Ilinois in the early 90’s. Alan was the calming in any storm. Alan was always friendly, supportive,honest..just to name a few qualities…and was a basketful of fun mischief !!! He so loved and was proud of his Jeana, Jackie and Joanna. He never missed a chance to brag about them. Jerry and I are so grateful to have made a suprise visit to see Al and Jeana when we were in Marissa in October 2012. Even though we switched up their schedule, we got to have a short fun, catch-up on friendship, visit. As always, we got the” HEY—Come on in for a while” Our love and prayers for peace to The Schmidt family and RIP Al.

    Jerry & Merry, Erika & Tosh, and Nick

    Posted by: The Katt Family – Rochester, WA – Friend Jan 25, 2013

  16. Administrator says:

    Rodney and your entire family, I’m so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    Posted by: Marc Olson – Kamas, UT – Friend and business associate Jan 25, 2013

  17. Administrator says:

    Jeana and girls, Just so sad…always enjoyed playing cards and talking about Murray and Ky Lake. Just Thursday, when I saw him playing cards, smiling and enjoying life..always friendly to visit with too! My heart goes out to you all for losing a very special man in your lives. With Sympathy, Tom and Diane
    A Poem to share: “A beautiful life that came to an end, he died as he lived, Everyone’s Friend. In our hearts a memory will always be kept, of one we loved and will never forget.”

    Posted by: Tom and Diane Boschert – New Athens, IL – friend Jan 25, 2013

  18. Administrator says:

    My sympathy and prayers go out to Alan’s family. We were in high school together and he was always so kind to everyone. Rest in peace, Alan.

    Posted by: Sheryl Cox Smith – Alexandria, VA – Friend Jan 26, 2013

  19. Administrator says:

    Jeanne Wacker forwarded this to us. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family at this time of loss.

    Posted by: Matthew & Brenda Reidy – Grants, NM Jan 26, 2013

  20. Administrator says:

    I only met Alan a few months ago. He is a very kind, compassionate and genuine person. His total belief in God and family is undeniably strong and faithful, just like Rodney’s. God has more plans for Alan as he enters into heaven.

    May God bless his entire family. You are in our thoughts and prayers. We also pray that Elmer and his family plus Rodney and his family are safe and healthy taking care of each other like you have always done.


    Peter and Suzi Peerbolte

    Posted by: Peter & Suzi Peerbolte – Creedmoor, NC – Freind Jan 26, 2013

  21. Administrator says:

    My sympathy to each one of you on Alan’s passing. He was a great guy and I enjoyed working with him at Marissa. He always had the best interest of the kids at heart. Sincerely, Steve Launius Nashville

    Posted by: Steve Launius – Nashville, IL – Past Marissa Superintendent Jan 26, 2013

  22. Administrator says:

    Al or “Big Al” is what I called him as a co-worker at SFP. We became close friends early on at work and would talk to each other on a daily basis about life in general, our family’s, our jobs, what ever came to mind. My wife Patty and I enjoyed our trip to Colorado with AL and Jeana last year along with our co-workers that attended our sales meeting. I was once told if a man has five best friends in life he was a blessed man. Alan Schmidt was one of my best friends. At work myself, Alan, and Jim Otte we called each other the “Three Amigos” in our sales territorys. I will truely miss my big buddy. God Bless you Alan Schmidt.

    Posted by: Bob Pound – Bradenton, FL – co-worker Jan 26, 2013

  23. Administrator says:

    Our sympathy and prayers go out to Alan’s family .
    He was a great guy and I will miss him so much as a friend and co-worker at SFP .
    Rest in peace buddy !
    Jim and Mary Otte

    Posted by: Jim and Mary Otte – Mt. Pleasant, SC – Friend and co-worker Jan 27, 2013

  24. Administrator says:

    I was very sad to hear about Alan’s passing. When I think of Alan I think of math class with Mr. Lewis and high school basketball games. He was always friendly and hard working. Saying prayers for his family. God Bless.

    Posted by: Suzanna Phelps – Belleville, IL – Classmate Jan 27, 2013

  25. Administrator says:

    I met Alan 5 years ago and had immediate respect for his passion of Agriculture and the people in the industry. We communicated over that time back and forth. In Feb. last year I had the opportunity to hire Alan and bring him into SFP. We are the same age and think a lot alike. His favorite line to me was I’ve got your back at all times. No one has ever been a more loyal and devoted husband, father, son-in-law, and co-worker than Alan. He was so proud to get his wife in that new house last summer and I was proud for him. He will always be missed at SFP and I will miss our evening talks when we are both out on the road. He leaves us way too early but he was a model in my mind of God, Family, and work and he had his priorities in order. Job well done Alan.

    Posted by: Dave Schwartz – Harlan, IA – Friend and supervisor Jan 27, 2013

  26. Administrator says:

    I have known Alan for 13 years. I worked with him for 2 years at FS. I can honestly say he has been my best professional mentor. I joined FS right out of college and shortly after joining the company Alan became the Plant Manager and Salesperson in Sparta. Alan and I become very close friends and spent several days a week driving in his truck in order to meet farmers to talk about precision farming. Alan taught me much of what I know about Agriculture and I always looked up to him both professionally and personally. Alan helped pave the way for my career after FS. I have worked for a consulting company and now a financial company where Alan just happened to know some people. It always impressed me the people that Alan knew and the respect they had for him. I like to think that Alan got my foot in the door with these companies but I got the job because of my drive, ethics, genuineness and character. But in reality Alan did more than just get me into the door. My experiences with Alan helped me build the skills that I believe got me these jobs. Alan and I stayed in touch over the past ten years on and off having an occasional lunch or drink. In fact I talked to Alan about 2 months ago and we planned to meet over the holidays for lunch. We never got that worked into our busy schedules and looking back I sure wish we would have as I would have loved to seen my friend one last time. Alan’s friendship and mentoring will truly be missed. My prayers go out to the family and my thoughts are with you in this hard time. Alan was truly a great person taken too early from this world.

    Posted by: Brad Lester – Smithton, IL – Friend Jan 28, 2013

  27. Administrator says:

    So sorry for your loss! You are in our thoughts and prayers!

    Posted by: Bernie & Veneta Kerkhover – Rockwood, IL – friend Jan 29, 2013

  28. Administrator says:

    Jeana & Family,
    We are so sorry for your loss. Alan was such a wonderful man. We have only great memories of him filled with lots of fun & laughter. We have, and will continue to keep, you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.

    Posted by: Jim & Shery Hentzel – Ormond Beach, FL – cousin of Jeana Jan 29, 2013

  29. Administrator says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. Alan was such a kind and wonderful man. I know he will be missed by so many. God bless his loved ones as they move forward and share lovely memories of this fine man.

    Posted by: Mike and Mary DeLong – Marissa, IL – friend Jan 31, 2013

  30. Administrator says:

    Still thinking of you everyday Brother…..and Best Friend.


    Posted by: Rodney Schmidt – Noblesville, IN – Brother Jan 25, 2015

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