SCHMIDT, Cleo Arthur 1936 – 2017

Schmidt, Cleo, of Vulcan, beloved husband of Louise, died at the Vulcan Community Health Centre April 16, 2017 at the age of 80 years.

Cleo was born October 26, 1936 in Waterloo ON the 11th child of 14 to William and Caroline. He went to school at Rummelhardt down the road from the family farm. In 1957 Cleo traveled west for the harvest. He hired on with Lawrence Orchard, who farmed east of Vulcan. In 1964 Cleo married Caroline Louise Graham of Vulcan. They were blessed with 2 children and raised them on the Lawrence Orchard farm that they bought and continue living on to this day.

Cleo loved every aspect of farming, from fieldwork to machine maintenance. He always had a project going in the shop and loved to tinker with a machine or build what was needed. He was active in the community; a long term member of the seed cleaning plant, instrumental in a water coop, supporter of Wilderness Ranch Camp, behind the scenes in many of his children’s activities and life member of the Kinsmen Club.

Besides his loving wife, Cleo is survived by his daughters, Carrie (Roland) Schmidt-Bellach, Colleen (Sean) Carey of Vulcan, grandchildren, Lucas, Thomas, Mathias, Sydney and Anna, brothers Wray, Glen and Nyle and sisters Reta, Beatrice, Dorothy and Audrey. He was predeceased by brothers Ralph, Floyd and Ward and sister Doreen.

Cleo’s family would like to thank all the staff at the Vulcan Community Health Centre for their wonderful care and attention. They were amazing throughout his stay there.

A Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 2:00 pm at the Vulcan United Church, Rev. Gordon Cranch officiating.

Tributes in Cleo’s memory can be made to the Kinsmen Memorial Scholarship fund, mailed c/o Kinsmen Club of Vulcan (Box 248, Vulcan, AB T0L 2B0) or dropped off at Furniture Villa.

Arrangements in care of Vulcan Funeral Home. E-mail condolences through

12 Responses to SCHMIDT, Cleo Arthur 1936 – 2017
  1. Brenda Schlaht says:

    Schmidt Family, our thoughts and prayers are with you. Cleo’s smile and sense of humour are qualities I will fondly remember.
    May your fond memories help ease your sorrow and pain.
    Warm regards, Brenda

  2. Martin says:

    So Sorry to hear this. May god be with all of you, during this difficult time. Martin and Susan Drost

  3. Ray and Pat Mulhall says:

    I have known Cleo and Louise for more years than I can remember. Cleo was always pleasant and friendly and always had time to chat. He and Louise are and were the salt of the earth. Our condolences and thoughts are with Louise and the family. Cleo has helped us out numerous times in the past and us and the rest of his friends and family will sure miss him.

  4. Marvin Maronda says:

    Dear Louise and family: I was saddened to learn of your loss. Cleo was a good farmer, a very important part of his community, and an all round real nice man! Always friendly and engaging, his warm smile and cheerful way could brighten any day! I will never forget his generosity and kind offer to loan (and deliver and pick up!!!) one of his threshing machines when Lomond celebrated their Centennial in 2016! He was quite a guy! Because I am currently out of the country I regret I will miss his service but please know that I am thinking of you all! Sincerely .. Marvin Maronda

  5. Carolyn Binning says:

    Louise and family, so sorry to,hear of your loss. Treasure your many memories. No one can take them away.

  6. Ida Lauridsen says:

    Louise – my thoughts and sympathy are with you and your family at the loss of your husband.
    I have many fond memories of you and the Graham family.
    Ida Lauridsen

  7. Larry Taerum says:

    My sympathies and condolences to Louise and the rest of Cleo’s family. I am very thankful for the support he always gave to Wilderness Ranch Camp and all the campers he encouraged to go. I am also thankful for the years he spent on the Board and the impact he made. Cleo will be missed.

  8. Bea Dyck says:

    Was sorry to hear of Cleo’s passing. Sending sympathies to the family.

  9. Kathie and Richard Reid says:

    Dear Louise and family,
    We just heard of Cleo’s passing; so very sorry. Our memories of dear Cleo go back many years and they are all very pleasant ones. Our sincere condolences to all.
    With love,
    Kathie and Richard Reid

  10. Sylvia Hunter says:

    Deepest sympathy on the passing of Cleo. My memories of Cleo are a dedicated family man, community minded, who was also a fun loving and kind person. May you find comfort knowing he is in eternal peace.

  11. Frances Thompson says:

    Dear Louise and family, No fancy words here, just want you to know we are holding you in our prayers.
    Frances & Arvid Thompson

  12. Carol Blannin says:

    Louise and family
    I am so sorry to hear about Cleo. I have memories of Cleo and the smile he always had. He was just one of he many people that made me feel welcome in Vulcan during my time in Vulcan. My thoughts and prayers with you.