Ida Grove, Iowa

Ruth E. Schmidt, 82, of Ida Grove, passed away Friday, Dec. 29, 2017, at Willow Dale Wellness Village in Battle Creek, Iowa.

Services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Ida Grove. The Rev. Richard A. Salcido and Rev. Neil Wehmas will officiate. Burial will be in Ida Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Christensen-Van Houten Funeral Home in Ida Grove. Condolences may be sent online at

Ruth E. Schmidt, the daughter of Herbert and Lucille (Carlson) Bennigsdorf, was born on Aug. 24, 1935, in Denison, Iowa. She grew up in Charter Oak, Iowa, and was baptized and confirmed into the Lutheran faith.

On Dec. 13, 1954, Ruth was united into marriage to Earl D. Schmidt at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Ida Grove. To this union four children were born, Merle, Sherri, Sheryl, and Colleen. Ruth took pleasure in being a homemaker and running her in-home daycare for 20 years.

Ruth was a faithful member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Ida Grove. She was active in her church circle and Dorcas Society helping make many quilts. She treasured spending time with her family and going to Monday morning coffee club. Ruth enjoyed flower gardening, puzzles, dancing, watching and feeding her birds, camping, and traveling. Ruth's kindness will be remembered by all the lives she touched throughout her life.

Left to carry her memory on are her four children, Merle (special friend, Julie Rae Grace) Schmidt of Ida Grove, Sherri (Steve) Skarin of Decorah, Iowa, Sheryl (Randy) Goodman of Battle Creek, and Colleen Lainhart of Kansas City, Mo.; grandchildren, Heidi Abbate of Henderson, Colo., Meagan (Danny) Cordova of Brighton, Colo., Jason (Brita) Skarin of Decorah, Matt (Carissa) Skarin of Cedar Falls, Iowa, Lindsey Terrel of Lincoln, Neb., Ryan (Dana) Goodman of Ida Grove, Shane (Tobi) Goodman of Atlanta, Ga., Jamie (Brett) Scholting of Dakota Dunes, S.D., Melanie (Tom) Bauler of Wallingford, Iowa, Nicole (James) Long of Blackwell, Okla., Jared (Sara Hilliard) Lainhart of Kansas City; brothers, Lonnie (Marva) Bennigsdorf of Battle Creek, Russell (Clara) Bennigsdorf of Ida Grove, Darrell Bennigsdorf of Ida Grove, and Vern (Edith) Bennigsdorf of Montrose, Colo.; sisters, Leila (Bernard) Lansink of Ida Grove, and Carol (Maynard) Miller of Atlantic, Iowa; sister-in-law, Sharon Bennigsdorf of Ida Grove; and extended family and friends.

Ruth was preceded in death by her parents, Herbert (Lucille) Bennigsdorf; husband, Earl D. Schmidt; brothers, Gary Bennigsdorf and Robert "Bob" (Marlene) Bennigsdorf; sister, Dorene Wonder; grandchild, Sara Schmidt; sister-in-law, Marlene Bennigsdorf; and brother-in-law, Leroy Wonder.

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