Donald E. Schmidt
Thursday, March 3, 2011
Schmidt of McNaughton formerly of the Watertown area passed away on Sunday,
Feb. 27, 2011, at his home, surrounded by his family.
Donald was born Oct. 6, 1926, in Brookfield, to Edwin and Marie Schmidt.
Don attended Wauwatosa High School and from there he went to Vero Beach,
Fla., for spring training. Don was a pitcher and played on the minor league
teams of the then Brooklyn Dodgers. He traveled throughout the eastern,
southern and midwestern states.
He married Betty Jane Miller on the evening of July 1, 1947, at Tourist
Park on the pitchers mound in Asheville, N.C. They were married for 63
Don was a longtime farmer and carpenter in the Watertown/Ixonia area.
He played baseball with Lannon, Lebanon, and Watertown. He then managed
the Ixonia and Watertown Cardinals baseball teams. He was also a baseball
scout for the Minnesota Twins. Don retired from his baseball career in
He was a great lover of music and taught himself to play several instruments.
Don and his wife moved to McNaughton in 1989. He loved the northwoods
enjoying fishing, snowmobiling and woodworking.
Don is survived
by his wife Betty Jane; three children, Steven (Jill) Schmidt of Sherborn,
England, Linda (Jonathan) Blank of Watertown, John (Juliene) Schmidt of
Jefferson. Eight grandchildren, Amanda (Brady) Bushman, Marisa (Jeff)
Pirkel, Megan (Mike) Schauer, Amy Schmidt, Christopher Schmidt, Jordan
and Janelee Schmidt, Alexander Schmidt; great grandchildren, Karsen Bushman
and Nolan Schauer. Also survived by nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, in-laws, a sister, sister in-laws
and brother in-laws. Don will be truly missed by his family and friends.
for Don will be held on Friday, March 4, 2011, at 1 p.m. at the Carlson
Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 12 noon until just prior to the
services at the Carlson Funeral Home on Friday, March 4, 2011. Interment
will be in the Newbold Cemetery.