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Name: Schmidt, Orlando A. (1924-2002)

Historical Note:

Mennonite Weekly Review obituary:

Orlando Alvin Schmidt, 77, died Feb. 14, 2002, in Kansas City, Mo. He was born June 6, 1924, in Hutchinson, Kan., to Alvin and Mary Isaak Schmidt, and grew up on the family farm near Buhler, Kan.

He was baptized on May 30, 1937, and became a member of Buhler Mennonite Church.

He graduated from Bethel College in North Newton, Kan., in 1945 with a bachelor’s degree in English and Bible and a minor in music. He attended the Biblical Seminary of New York from 1945 to 1949, graduating with a Bachelor of Sacred Theology degree. After attending the Sacred School of Music of Union Theological Seminary in New York, he earned a Master of Sacred Music degree in 1951.

On Aug 1, 1947, he married Ruth Wenger in Aberdeen, Idaho. They had two sons.

He was associate pastor and minister of music at Bethel Mennonite Church, Mountain Lake, Minn., from 1952-1959. From 1960 to 1962 he was professor of music at Hesston College. He was then asked to be professor of music and worship at Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Elkhart, Ind. Here he served 27 years until retirement.

He also served as organist at Trinity United Methodist Church and directed the Elkhart Community Bach Choir. He was a member of Hively Avenue Mennonite Church in Elkhart during those years.

During his sabbatical in 1979 he edited the hymnbook, Sing and Rejoice – New Hymns for Congregations. He served on the committees for two church hymnals, The Mennonite Hymnal and Hymnal: A Worship Book, working on the text and music committees for both.

After retirement he lived in Kansas City and was a part of Rainbow Mennonite Church.

Survivors include his son, John; two sisters, Betty Epp of Goessel and Rosa Mae Haugsness of Buhler, and a brother, Alfred Schmidt of Buhler.

Preceding him in death were his wife, Ruth; and his son, Theodore. Both died in a car accident in 1973.

A memorial service was held Feb. 20 at AMBS. Burial was in Violett Cemetery, Goshen, Ind.

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