Obituary for Ronald J. Schmid Sr.

Ronald James Schmid Sr., age 62, of Winsted passed away peacefully surrounded by his family and faithful dog on Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at his home.

He was born on July 7, 1958 in Minneapolis the son of Donald and Geraldine Schmid.

Ron grew up in Victoria and graduated from Chaska High School in 1976.

In 1985, Ron married Linda Kohout of Jordan. Home was Chaska for 16 years. They were blessed with two children, Maria and R.J. (Ronald James Jr.).

Ron was proud of his work as a carpenter working in the Chaska and Shakopee area and then finishing work in the St. Louis Park and Hopkins areas. He also remodeled three houses for his family to live in and was honored to have one of his houses he worked on in the “Parade of Homes” for 18 years.

One of his favorite activities was to taking his family every year on a vacation, especially out west.

His favorite hobby was working on his 67 Candy-apple red mustang with his son R. J. and taking it to all the local car shows.

During the past year, his two year old grandson Clark, brought many smiles to “Grandpa’s face watching the birds and squirrels out the window with him.

During the past 10 years Ron dealt with many complications from cancer.

He is survived by his loving wife, Linda; daughter, Maria (and friend Gary Samuels) of Glencoe; son, R.J. of Winsted; grandson, Clark; sisters, Nancy Schleeve (and friend Tom), Pam Schulz (Dave) both of Holiday, FL; mother-in-law, Hazel Kohout of New Prague; other relatives and friends.

Preceded in death by his parents, Donald and Gerry Schmid; brother, David Schmid and by his father-in-law, Arthur Kohout.

Graveside services for Ronald James Schmid Sr. will be held on Saturday, November 21 at 12 p.m. at The Winsted Public Cemetery in Winsted. Father John Hayes will officiate.

The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted is serving the family. Online condolences may be made to