Richard P. Schmidt


(September 10, 2002)

Funeral services were conducted Saturday at First Southern Baptist Church for Richard P. Schmidt, 78, who died Tuesday, Sept. 10 at the Powell Nursing Home.

He was born Oct. 21, 1923, on the South Fork west of Cody to Fredrick and Flora (Vinson) Schmidt. He graduated from Powell High School and attended the University of Wyoming and the College of the Air Force.

On Feb. 23, 1943, he married Mildred Marie Hampton in Billings, Mont. He served with the U.S. Air Force during World War II and was called back into service during the Korean Conflict. He received an honorable discharge in 1951.

He owned Schmidt Insurance Agency in Powell for 48 years and received the Legion of Honor Award and numerous awards for sales associated with Farmers Insurance Company.

He was a member of the First Southern Baptist Church, serving as a deacon and church treasurer. He was a member of the Powell Kiwanis Club for 43 years and the American Legion for 50 years.

He also owned and operated a school bus for the Powell School District for many years.

Survivors include his wife Mildred of the family home; a son, Dean Schmidt and wife Karen of Chickasha, Okla.; a daughter, Linda Greaham and husband Bill of Powell; sister-in-law Shirley Hampton of Billings, Mont.; four grandchildren, Julie Ohman, Jeff Greaham and wife Christi, Amy Roberts and husband Ken and Dirk Schmidt; seven great-grandchildren, Nikki Ohman, Kelsey Ohman, Kirk Ohman, Dillon Ohman, Elise Greaham, Dalton Greaham and Hailey Riddle; and step-grandchildren, Tawny, Kayla and Erika Ohman.

He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and one sister.

Burial was in Crown Hill Cemetery with military honors by the Powell Veterans Honor Guard.

Should friends desire, memorials may be made to the Mountaintop Baptist Assembly Church Camp in Casper or to the Gideon Bibles.