David “Dave” Martin Schmitz passed away peacefully
at St. Agnes Hospital on June 3, 2019 with his loving family beside him,
following a ten month battle with cancer.
Dave was born on October 24, 1954 to his parent’s, Donald and Rosemary (Kelroy)
Schmitz, on their first wedding anniversary.
Dave graduated from St. Mary’s Springs Class of
1973 and then attended MPTC for agricultural business. Dave married the love of his life Mary Rowe
on November 26, 1994 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Fond du Lac. Together they
were blessed with two children, Anthony and Aaron. Dave
and Mary were proud to be the 4th generation to operate the Schmitz
East Branch Dairy, producing milk for Sartori Foods. Farming and agricultural
promotion were Dave’s passions.
Dave was a charter member of the AgriBuisness
Council and held positions or was a member of many agricultural
organizations. These included Dairy
Farmers of Wisconsin (formerly known as WI Milk Marketing Board), Fond du Lac
Co. Forage Council, County, State and National Holstein Associations, East
Central/Select Sires, DHIA/Agsource, Professional Dairy Producers of WI,
Oakfield FFA, Town of Fond du Lac Supervisor, Knights of Columbus Council 664,
and Holy Family Catholic Community.
Dave spent his life advocating for the
agricultural industry. He especially
enjoyed mentoring students through the School to Work Program. Dave always said, “if you work hard, you can
play hard.” He loved being with his
family and friends, collecting John Deere tractors, bowling and playing cards.
Dave is survived by his wife, Mary; sons Anthony
and Aaron; siblings, Denise (Joel)
Enking, Mark (Rosie) Schmitz, Steve (Sandy) Schmitz; nieces and nephew, Leah
and Lauren Enking, Stacy Schmitz (Daniel Buechel), Megan Schmitz, Katie Schmitz
(Cody Pankow), Emily Schmitz, Alannah and Lindsay Schmitz, Sarah (Mainor
Martinez) and Michael Rowe; brother and sister-in-law, Steven and Kimberly
Rowe; many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
Dave is preceded in death by his parents, in-laws,
George and Anita Rowe, and brother-in-law, James Rowe.
The family will receive relatives and friends on
Sunday, June 9, 2019 from 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM at the Zacherl Funeral Home,
875 E Division Street, Fond du Lac.
There will also be visitation on Monday, June 10, 2019 from 9:00 until
10:45 AM at Holy Family Catholic Church, 271 Fourth Street Way, Fond du
Lac. At 11:00 AM, a Mass of Christian
Burial will be celebrated at the church.
Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery.
Dave’s family is grateful to Dr. Sameer Tolay, Dr.
Michael Vander Kooy and all the wonderful staff at the Agnesian Cancer Center,
Dr. Samuel Kumar and all the nurses and staff on 5 south at St. Agnes Hospital
for all the loving care and support given to Dave and his family.
In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate
memorials be given to Envision FDL Ag Ambassador Program, St. Mary’s Springs
Academy or the American Cancer Society.
Dave’s life was all about family, friends, faith, farming and fun.