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Rex Gary Schmidt

Rex Gary Schmidt

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FARMINGTON - Mr. Schmidt was born in Murphysboro, Iowa to Robert Amandus and Zoe Schmidt (nee Crouch) on September 16, 1910. He departed from his family and friends in Farmington, Missouri, on January 29, 2007, at the age of 96.

Mr. Schmidt was preceded in death by his wife Frances Schmidt (nee Bates), his parents Robert and Zoe Schmidt and two brothers, Don and Duane Schmidt. He is survived by his children Joan Thaxton (Bill) of Farmington, Ron Schmidt (Nancy) and Carol Waple (David) of Frederick, Maryland, a sister Ruth Hughes of St. Louis, brother Bob Schmidt of Vancouver, WA, many grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren.

Mr. Schmidt worked for the Missouri Conservation Commission from 1940 to 1950. He did design work for the original Conservationist magazine and, after serving in the Army during WW II, he was the chief photographer for the magazine. In 1950 he joined the

U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Washington, D.C. and traveled from Alaska to American Somoa studying and capturing on film and canvas the story of fish, fowl and animals. In 1972 Mr. Schmidt retired from U.S. Government service and joined the North Carolina Wildlife Federation as Chief of the Educational Information Department, where he continued his work until 1991. For his work, he was named to the North Carolina Hall of Fame and received the Governor's Award in 1983. Mr. Schmidt was an avid collector of Mermaid memorabilia and wildlife paintings. He and his wife returned to Missouri in 1992. Mr. Schmidt continued to be active speaking and showing slides and films to various organizations. He was active in The Society of Independent Artists in St. Louis, AARP, Audubon Society, Historical Society, Newcomers and Fifty-five Plus Club. He will be sadly missed by his family and friends.

There will be no visitation. Mr. Schmidt was cremated and a private celebration of his life will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to Farmington Presbyterian Manor Hospice or the Farmington Ministerial Alliance Food Pantry. Arrangements are under the care of C.Z. Boyer & Son Funeral Home in Bonne Terre.

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