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Walter P. Schmaltz

Sep 11, 2021

Aug. 23, 1935-Sept. 2, 2021

Walter P. Schmaltz, the

son of Philip J. and Julia

(Goetz) Schmaltz was

born on August 23, 1935

in Rugby, North Dakota.

He died at the age of 86

years on Thursday, Sep-

tember 2, 2021 at the Haa-

land Home in Rugby,

North Dakota.

Walter was raised on

the family farm and re-

ceived his education from

a country school and Rug-

by High School. On

February 3, 1954, he was

united in marriage to Ma-

tilda Mitzel at the Sacred

Heart Catholic Church in

Orrin, North Dakota. In

1954, they made their

home southwest of Rugby

where they farmed and

raised their family. He

was a lifetime farmer,

both dairy and grains.

The couple continued to

live on their farm until

moving to Rugby 17 years

ago. Walter then went to

work at Heart of America

Ag Services as a fertilizer

applicator and later as a

seed salesman. He valued

his customers and en-

joyed serving them.

Walter and Matilda

“Tillie” were married for

60 years. She died on Oc-

tober 3, 2014.

Walter was a man of

faith and enjoyed God’s

gifts of family and nature.

He enjoyed fishing, espe-

cially ice fishing and was

also a hunter and did

some gun collecting and

trading over the years.

Walter was a small air-

craft pilot and owned a

personal plane, with spe-

cial friend Delmer, that he

flew out of his farmyard,

providing his grandchil-

dren with their first air-

plane rides. He was

proud of his farm and his

family, had a good sense

of humor and liked to

tease and laugh with

them. His secret talents,

including playing guitar,

accordion and harmonica.

Walter loved visiting and

spent much of his time

with neighbors, friends

and family sharing stories

and catching up on the lo-

cal farm, fishing and

hunting news. He en-

joyed people’s company

and helping them, even

after he retired he would

help out other farmers.

Walter spent many hours

driving the country roads,

looking at the fields and

day dreaming. He often

said, he had a good life

and was able to spend his

last days with all of his

children. Walter was

loved by many and will be


Walter is survived by:

his six children, Marge

Jordan of Rugby, Sheila

(Tim) Ostrem of Rugby,

Sandy (Byron) Thompson

of Omaha, Nebraska,

Wayne (Lavon) Schmaltz

of Rugby, Renita Bowman

of Kersey, Colorado and

David (Trish) Schmaltz of

Farmington, Minnesota;

grandchildren, Stacy

(Chad) Duchscher, Jamie

Jordan, Carrie Ostrem,

Dale Ostrem, Kristi (Ja-

son) Gibbs, Kelly (Jared)

Wollheiser, Heather

Schmaltz (Scott), Travis

Schmaltz (Amber), Melis-

sa (Kyle) Bohl, Anna

(Austin) Whipple, Katie

(Matt) Van Deraa, Evan

Bowman, Kyle Bowman,

Taylor (Tyler) Weyer,

Courtney Schmaltz and

Jordan Schmaltz; 25 great

grandchildren; brother,

Philip Schmaltz of Fargo;

nieces, nephews; other re-

latives and friends.

He was preceded in

death by: his wife and

five brothers and three

sisters, John, Raymond,

Daniel, Tony, Bernadine,

Ann McDonald and

Theresa Vrubleskis.

Mass of Christian buri-

al was held at 11:00 a.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 8 at Lit-

tle Flower Catholic

Church in Rugby with

burial in the church

cemetery. Father John

Aerts, Celebrant

Organist: Angie De-


Vocal leader/Cantor:

James Maertens

Readers: Christi Gibbs

and Jordan Schmaltz

Gift Bearers: Kyle and

Melissa Bohl Family

Casket Bearers: Dale

Ostrem, Travis Schmaltz,

Evan and Kyle Bowman,

Steve Schneider, Bob

Keller, Danny Brossart

and Joe Schmaltz

Honorary Bearers: Del-

mer Fandrich, Philip

Schmaltz, Louie Schiele,

Joe Mitzel, Bill Finley,

Chad and Stacy Duchsch-


Arrangements with the

Anderson Funeral Home

of Rugby. Online registry:



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