SHELDON—Dean A. Schmidt, age 85, of Sheldon, Iowa, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021, at the Prairie View Nursing Home in Sanborn, Iowa.

A private family funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24, at the Andringa Funeral Home in Sheldon, Iowa, with Chaplain Brent Mulder, U.S. Air Force, officiating

Burial will be at East Lawn Cemetery in Sheldon, Iowa.

Visitation with family present will be 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23, at the First Christian Reformed Church in Sheldon, Iowa.

The service will be livestreamed on the Vander Ploeg Funeral Home Facebook page.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Crossroads Prison Ministries (cpministries.org), an organization Dean participated in by exchanging letters with prisoners to study God’s word and apply biblical truths to their lives; or to the FFA (ffa.org) chapter of your choice as Dean and Charlotte hosted students for multiple summers and gained lifelong friendships spanning generations and have had several grandchildren participate in this program.

Arrangements are under the care of the Andringa Funeral Home in Sheldon, Iowa.

Online condolences may be sent to www.vanderploegfunerals.com.

Dean Allen Schmidt, the son of Edgar and Grace (Alons) Schmidt, was born on July 29, 1935, in Hospers, Iowa. He attended Sheldon Christian Grade School and graduated from Western Christian High School in Hull and went on to attend Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Dean was united in marriage to Charlotte Dykstra on Oct. 4, 1957, in Archer, Iowa. They made their home west of Sheldon, Iowa, where he farmed until December of 2003. Dean then worked for White Wolf Web making deliveries for 10 more years. Dean was a resident of Prairie View Nursing Home in Sanborn when he went to meet his heavenly Father on Feb. 20, 2021, reaching the age of 85 years, 6 months and 22 days.

Dean’s desire was following Christ and being involved in his community. He was a member of the First Christian Reformed Church in Sheldon, Iowa, where he served as Elder on numerous occasions. He was active in his community serving on multiple boards including: Sheldon Christian School, Christian Retirement Home, Farm Bureau, NW Rural Electric Cooperative and Volunteers in Christian Service, along with other organizations. He cherished his time serving on the NIPCO board for 13 years and on the NW REC board for 36 years, making him the longest-serving board member (often holding the position of Secretary). One of the ways he ministered to people was by sending cards and words of encouragement. He enjoyed spending time with family, traveling, woodworking and a good game of cards.

Dean is survived by his children, Dale (Debra) Schmidt of Sheldon, IA; Lori (John) Kleyer of Sioux Center, IA; Evan (Dianne) Schmidt of Visalia, CA; Debra (Wade) Teague of Goldsboro, NC, and an exchange student “daughter,” Karin Mueller and Cormac Breen of London, England; 14 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Henry (Joyce) Schmidt and Elmer R. (Mary) Schmidt both of Sheldon; a sister, Anna (Jim) Sluis of Edgerton, MN; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Charlotte; his parents; a son-in-law, John Freehafer; a brother, Raymond Earl Schmidt; and a sister, Mary (Wilbert) Evink.