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Obituary for Melvin Schmidt

Melvin Frederick Schmidt was born December 22, 1937 on a farm outside of Kennard, Nebraska to Otto and Marie (Petersen) Schmidt. They lived on several farms in rural Douglas and Washington county before purchasing their farm southeast of Arlington in 1944. Throughout his childhood, Melvin attended 5 different country schools. He played basketball, baseball and ran track. He was very proud of his 5-minute mile time. It was during his time at Arlington High School where he would meet the love of his lifetime, Sally Motley. They would soon marry on August 18, 1955 in Papillion and welcome their first child, Lori Ann. He worked for his dad milking cows and farming, while also working at West Elevator in Fremont.

Melvin and Sally would go on to have 3 more children; Tyler, Todd, and Tim and move to their own farm in 1963. They raised crops and farrow-to-finish hogs. There were always at least 2,000 hogs on the farm. The family worked hard together every day to get all the chores done.

Melvin and Sally would then move to Arlington in 2001. He was a member of the Arlington Community Church. Melvin was extremely proud of his entire family. It was a great joy in his life to attend his grandkids’ activities. He never missed a game and was even awarded “Fan of the Tournament” a few times. Melvin earned himself the nickname “Lucky,” as we would tell anyone who would listen just how lucky he was in all aspects of his life.

Melvin is survived by his wife, Sally; sons, Tyler (Angela) Schmidt, Todd (Kathy) Schmidt and Tim (Dana) Schmidt and daughter, Lori (Greg) Lang all of Arlington; grandchildren, Phillip (Laurel) Lang, Jacob (Mandi) Lang, Jared Schmidt, Tanner Schmidt, Melinda (Blake) Wakefield, Bradie Schmidt, Natalie (Vance) Janssen, Claire Schmidt, and Maggie Schmidt; and 8 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Eleanor Sullivan, brother LaVerne Schmidt and grandson, Eric Lang.

Funeral will be 10:30 A.M., Monday, January 9, 2023 at the Arlington Community Church. Visitation will be on Sunday from 4-7 P.M., at Reckmeyer-Moser Funeral Home in Arlington. Interment will be at the Arlington Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to Arlington Community Church, Arlington Cemetery or the Arlington Softball Complex.

Online condolences may be left at

Reckmeyer-Moser Funeral Home, 232 W. Eagle St. Arlington, NE 68002 402-478-4151.