Funeral Services Set for Kansas Guardsman

NEWTON, Kan. - Funeral services for Spc. Ronald A. Schmidt will be Wednesday, Aug. 13 at Grace Community Church, 1600 S. Anderson Road, Newton, Kan.

There will be a visitation from 9 to 10 a.m. and the service will begin at 10 a.m. and will be followed by graveside services in Eureka, Kan. The funeral procession to Eureka will begin at noon.

There will also be a visitation on Tuesday, Aug. 12, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Downing and Lahey Mortuary, 10515 West Maple in Wichita.

Schmidt, a member of Battery C, 1st Battalion, 161st Field Artillery, died Aug. 3 from injuries sustained Aug. 2 in a one vehicle accident while serving in Iraq. He was awarded a Bronze Star, Iraqi Campaign Ribbon, Good Conduct medal, Overseas Service Bar and Armed Forces Reserve Medal with M device.

Schmidt enlisted in the Kansas Army National Guard's Detachment 1, Battery C, 1st Battalion, 161st Field Artillery, Newton, on Jan. 27, 2007 during his senior year at Newton High School. Upon graduation from Newton High in May 2007 he attended training as a cannon crewman. He transferred to Battery C, 1st Battalion, 161st Field Artillery, Kingman, to deploy with the unit to Iraq. He was promoted to private first class on Nov. 28, 2007, and then to specialist.

Schmidt is survived by his mother, Andrea Maria Schmidt, of Newton, and his uncle Paul Schmidt, of Goddard.


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