Francis D Schmitz (1934-2020)

Francis D Schmitz, 85, passed away peacefully Thursday June 18th, 2020 at Mercy Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa. Frank was born June 25th, 1934 in Georgetown, Iowa to Jack and Mary Schmitz. He married Marlene McVeitty on January 31st, 1959.

Frank was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. He retired from Maytag on May 31st, 1992 after 37 years of service. He also worked part time as a gas transporter for Casey’s and Parker Oil.

Frank had a passion for showing dogs for American Kennel Club AKC. He was a member of the Des Moines Obedience and Training Club.

Those left to cherish his memory is a niece, Diane (Rick) Heckart of Des Moines, Iowa. Two nephews, Gene Gladson of Osage Beach, Missouri, Michael Gladson of San Antonio, Texas. Great Nephews Scott (Julie) Heckart of Norwalk, Iowa, Stace (Glenda) Heckart of Buckeye, Arizona, and Shad (Jeannie) Heckart of Des Moines, Iowa. A sister in law, Karen Kellner of Cleburne, Texas and many other family and friends.

Preceded in death by his parents, Jack and Mary Schmitz, wife Marlene McVeitty, brother William Schmitz, sister Mary Ellen Leavengood, and three infant brothers.

His body has been cremated. A graveside memorial service will be held at a later date. A special thank you to Shad and Jeannie Heckart for being Frank’s primary caretaker for the past two years. In Lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Animal Rescue League of Iowa. Donations may be sent to 5452 NE 22nd St, Des Moines, Iowa or online at in honor of Frank.

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