Marvin Fredrick Schmidt was born in Lodi, Ca. to Andreas and Martha (Nies) Schmidt. The family sold the Lodi ranch and bought two ranches, one in Modesto and one in Escalon. Marvin lived on the Modesto ranch with his sister and attended Modesto High School where he loved being in FFA. Through friends, he met Evelyn Anderson. They were married February 8, 1947, both were 19 years old. Marvin was proud that they were able to buy their first home at the age of 20. They later sold it to buy the 20-acre ranch where they would reside the rest of their lives.
Marvin started working at Moorehead Lumber in his teens and eventually bought the business in the 1960’s. He loved helping his customers with their projects for 72 years until he retired at the age of 92. In his younger years he enjoyed hunting with his buddies. His other hobbies were collecting antiques and buying and restoring old cars. There wasn’t a broken old antique he couldn’t rescue, fix, and give a new home. He loved to go on driving tours with the Horseless Carriage Club. Marvin enjoyed time with family and watching all the younger generations experience riding in his “old” cars. He will be greatly missed by his family, friends, customers and community.
Marvin is survived by his daughter, Linda Gentry (Will), son, Randy Schmidt (Nancy); grandchildren, Matt, Paula, Anderson (Phoebe) and Jennifer; great-grandchildren, Sierra, Shane, Anthony, Malakai. He is preceded in death by his wife, Evelyn; daughter, Cathleen; parents, Andreas and Martha, sister’s, Hilda, Edna and Irma; brother’s, Delmar and Ralph.
A viewing will be held on Friday, May 20, 2022 from 4-7 p.m. at Deegan Funeral Chapel, 1441 San Joaquin St., Escalon. A Remembrance of Life will be held on Saturday, May 21, 2022 at 9:00 a.m. at Heritage Church, 1155 Escalon Ave., Escalon; followed by a processional to Burwood Cemetery, 28320 East River Road, Escalon for burial. A luncheon will be held at Escalon Presbyterian Church, 1612 First St., Escalon. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Community Hospice, Escalon Historical Museum of Escalon Presbyterian Church.
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