Michael L. "Mike" Schmitz

Dec 25, 2018
Schmitz, Michael


 Celebration of Life Service will be held at 3:00 p.m. Monday, December 31, 2018 at Kearns Funeral Service Kimball Chapel



Public visitation will be held Monday, December 31, 2018 from 1-5 p.m. at Kearns Funeral Service Kimball Chapel


Inurnment will be held at a later date in the Maplewood Cemetery in Vinton.


In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family, where a memorial fund will be established.


Michael L. “Mike” Schmitz, 74, of La Porte City, died Tuesday, December 25, 2018 at UnityPoint Health Allen Hospital from complications of a stroke.  He was born October 25, 1944 in Waterloo the son of Louis W. and Berniece E. Delagardelle Schmitz.

Mike married Carolyn Lewis on September 18, 1965 at Immaculate Conception Church in Gilbertville.

He worked as a large equipment operator at John Deere Co. for 17 years and owned and operated La Porte Performance Specialties.

Survived by: his wife, Carolyn of La Porte City; one son, Chris (Julie) Schmitz of La Porte City; one daughter, Carrie (Shane) Neil of La Porte City; five grandchildren, Dylan Schmitz, Nicole (Mitchell) Dierks, Jordan Schmitz, Paige (Tucker) Johnson, Vince Neil; one great grandson, Karsen Neil; four brothers, Pete (Linda) Schmitz of La Porte City, Pat (Paulette) Schmitz of Delaware, Arkansas, Joe Schmitz of Gilbertville, Robert Schmitz of Brooklyn and two sisters, Margaret (Charlie) Falk of Naples, Florida, Mary Sue (John) Murray of Osage.

Preceded in death by: his parents.

Mike loved working in the shop, watching westerns, and spending time with his grandchildren and great grandson.  He was a lifelong drag racer, winning multiple championships in many classes and longtime member of the Ozark Mountain Super Shifters

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  1. Steven Blocker | Dec 31, 2018
    Please accept our condolences from the Dorothy Blocker Family. We will miss him dearly.
  2. wayne briggs | Dec 31, 2018
    Very sorry for your loss.  Remember racing when he did in the 70's.  Great guy who always was friendly.  We will miss him.  Praying for you.
  3. Steve & Sandy Clabough | Dec 31, 2018

    We are all so sadden, and will surely miss Mike. His memories will always be cherish and never forgotten.  Love, Steve and Sandy and the Clabough Family.


  4. Ryan Rudd | Dec 31, 2018
    A great man with a great family. Until we meet again Mike, I'll take you up on that offer of riding in your drag car with the wheels in the air. Truly.....God Speed.
  5. Lori Lamb | Dec 29, 2018

    So sorry to hear of your loss.  Mike was an amazing person and will be missed by all.  Hugs to you Carolyn, Chris & family and Carrie and family.  The community of La Porte City has suffered a great loss as well as he has touched so many.  May God give you the strength and comfort to get through this difficult time.

  6. Sandy and Larry Alger | Dec 27, 2018
     So very sorry to hear about Mike. Our warmest thoughts and deepest sympathy are with you and your family.
  7. Terry McCarthy | Dec 27, 2018
     We raced with Mike back in the old days (70s & 80s).  Mike also did work on our car which is still in place.  A great guy for sure and he will be missed.  My condolences to the family.
  8. Dr Ron Berges | Dec 27, 2018
    I really enjoyed knowing Mike and competing with him over the past 20+ years. I'll miss him a lot. My fondest thoughts and prayers to the family.
  9. Brenda Boisen | Dec 27, 2018

    Our deepest sympathy to all the family. Praying for comfort and strength for all.

    Chet & Brenda Boisen

  10. Bill and Deanna Swink | Dec 27, 2018

    So very sorry for your loss our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Mike was a great competitor, entertainer, and friend. 

    ~ Starterbill ~

  11. Sharon Livingston | Dec 27, 2018

    So sorry for you loss! Rick said he knew Mike for a long 

    time and he was the nicest man! Our prayers are with

    you during these times!

    Rick and Sharon Livingston

  12. CHAD VAN DYKE | Dec 27, 2018
  13. Mike and Laura Bagenstos | Dec 26, 2018
    Very sorry for your loss. This is a loss for the community too. Mike will be missed by many. Our thoughts and prayers to Carolyn, Chris and family , Carrie and family. 
  14. Ruth Ann and Greg | Dec 26, 2018
    A great friend.  Sure gonna miss you Mickey.  Our hearts are aching.  Love,  Ruth Ann and Greg 
  15. sheryl baarda | Dec 26, 2018

    So sorry for your loss. He will be greatly missed. We always enjoyed watching him drag race. May God give you comfort and peace. 

    Craig and Sheryl Baarda

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