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Bethel Naomi (Spry) Schmidt

March 29, 1922 ~ July 15, 2018 (age 96)

Bethel Naomi (Spry) Schmidt, 96, of Aberdeen, SD, passed away Sunday, July 15, 2018 at the Bethesda Home of Aberdeen.  Her memorial service will be 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 19, 2018 at Hyke Funeral Home in Redfield, SD. Reverend Josiah Fitch will officiate.  Inurnment will follow at Greenlawn Cemetery in Redfield.  Arrangements have been entrusted to Hyke Funeral Home (

Bethel Naomi Spry was born March 29, 1922 in Wichita, KS to John Ernest and Myrtle (Shunk) Spry.  The family moved to South Dakota when Bethel was three years old.  She attended grade school in Houghton, SD before graduating from Northville High School in 1940. 

On September 2, 1941, she married Arnold Schmidt in Northville, SD.  They lived and farmed in rural Redfield for 51 years.  In 1993, they moved to Rapid City and enjoyed the Black Hills area before becoming residents of Aberdeen in 2001.  Arnold and Bethel celebrated 73 years of marriage before Arnold passed away.

Bethel was an officer with the Spink County Historical Society for several years.  She was active in local commemorations of centennial and bi-centennial events in Redfield.  She had a special interest in Spink County history and preservation.

She was a former member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Redfield where she held various offices in the women’s organizations.  While in Aberdeen, Bethel was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. 

Bethel will be missed by her daughter Lynelle Jo (Neal) Woolson of Palmetto, FL; daughter-in-law Pam Schmidt of Redfield; and her grandsons:  Dustin (Dawn) Schmidt of Redfield and Loyal (Jennifer) Schmidt of Fort Collins, CO.  She is also survived by her great-grandchildren:  Nicolette Schmidt of Redfield and Harley Schmidt of Fort Collins; and sister-in-law Fern Schmidt of Redfield. 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Arnold in 2015; and son, Russel in 2002.


Donations may be made to:

Bethesda Comfort Cross Project - Bethesda Home of Aberdeen
1224 S. High Street, Aberdeen SD 57401
Tel: 1-605-225-7580

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