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Kevin Thomas
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June 22, 1957 – September 1, 2018

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Kevin Thomas Schmidt, 61, of Severance, left this earth, surrounded by his family on Saturday, September 1, 2018 at Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins.
Born on June 22, 1957 to Clarence and Margaret Schmidt, Kevin came into the world and ruined the Nebraskaland Days rodeo in North Platte, NE. While his brothers and sisters were upset they had to miss their favorite summer event, it didn’t take them long to fall in love with their little brother. Kevin grew up in North Platte and attended St. Patrick’s Catholic school where he was often seen cracking jokes with his friends, causing trouble for the nuns and participating in whatever sport was offered that season. He attended the University of Northern Colorado as a student athlete to move closer to the mountains and hone his party skills. After a career ending knee injury, he decided the academic side of college wasn’t for him and began a job in sales. Later, he moved to Show Low, Arizona where he was set up on a blind date with the love of his life, a little red-head from North Dakota named Darla. Kevin and Darla were married on November 1, 1986 and had two children: Aly, his clone and Ben, his kindred spirit.
The Schmidts made Colorado their home and built a house on their very own little piece of heaven in Severance. Kevin was often seen outside supervising his children while they literally landscaped over two acres of land with their small child hands. He often mentioned that one of his favorite activities was “yard farming.”
Kevin worked hard and played hard. There wasn’t a person he met that didn’t consider him a friend after just five minutes of talking with him. His passions encompassed rooting for the San Diego Chargers and the Nebraska Cornhuskers, talking on the phone often to his many family members and friends, boating, drinking whiskey, golfing, watching his kids play sports, fishing and making everyone laugh until they cried.
In March of 2013, Kevin was diagnosed with late stage esophageal cancer and began the fight of his life. He endured a number of treatments and surgeries while maintaining his electric sense of humor, and unsurprisingly, making friends with everyone that crossed his path including the numerous doctors, nurses, medical staff and all who helped him fight the disease. In the words of one physician, he was “the guy who spat in cancer’s face.” He never complained, and he never felt sorry for himself. But he was always brave, and he always maintained his steadfast faith in God even in the darkest of days.
He absolutely adored his family and often called them his legacy. He never stopped giggling with his wife or teaching his kids priceless life lessons and beamed with pride every time he spoke of them. Their familial bond was as strong as it gets and evident to anyone who witnessed their interactions. While his life was cut too short, Kevin lived it to the fullest. He lived it true to himself and told his family, “we fought, and we won.”
He will be sorely missed and survived by his wife Darla; children: Aly and Ben; his “blind-in-one-eye-hundred-dollar” dog: Maci; brothers and sister: Jeff, Jennifer Richardson, Dave (Jeanie), Dan (Jackie) and Craig (Marilyn); and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents C.J. and Marg Schmidt and sister Mary Jo McConnell all who loved him dearly and will never forget his wit, sense of humor and undying love for them.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, September 5, at Bethel Lutheran Church, 328 Walnut St.,Windsor.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Kevin’s name may be made to: Pathways Hospice of Northern Colorado, Foothills Gateway, the Winds’, Food Pantry or St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in North Platte, NE in care of Marks Funeral & Cremation Service, 9293 Eastman Park Dr., Windsor, CO 80550. Online condolences may be made at www.marksfuneralservice.com.

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Service Information

When
Wednesday, September 5th, 2018 10:00am
Location
Bethel Lutheran Church
Address
328 Walnut St.
Windsor, CO 80550