Mark Taylor
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Funeral services for Mike Schmidt, a longtime Edgerton community leader, will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Jan. 20 at Divine Mercy Church, 555 W. Main, Gardner.
Schmidt, 71, died of cancer last month in San Rafael, Calif, where he had been living for a year-and-a-half.
Immediately following the service, a reception will be held in his honor at Edgerton Community Hall.
The reception will feature Mexican food, which was Schmidt’s favorite, and margaritas, and guests will have an opportunity to share stories and remembrances.
“Mike Schmidt didn’t want to have a boo-hoo funeral,” said Glyn Powers, city councilman and close friend of Schmidt’s.  “Mike Schmidt wanted to have a party.”
Edgerton City Hall will close for the afternoon in Schmidt’s honor.
Schmidt served on the Edgerton City Council from the mid-1970s to the mid-2000s in capacities ranging from mayor to councilman.
He also was instrumental in organizing the annual Frontier Days festival, as well as Edgerton’s community Halloween and Christmas parties.
Schmidt, who was raised in Edgerton, started his career in the U.S. Air Force before working several years for Montgomery Ward, according to Powers.
After retiring from that company Schmidt did construction and contracting work and owned a restaurant in the building that now houses the Edgerton Bank of Knowledge.
Schmidt and his wife, Mary Ann, moved to California in the summer of 2010 to be closer to their daughter and grandchildren.