Walter & Delilah Schmidt
  • 76 years old
  • Date of birth: May 3, 1938
  • Date of passing: Nov 7, 2014
Let the memory of them be with us forever

Delilah Schmidt was born May 3, 1938 at Bancroft to Theodore and Mathilda (Prawitz) Bucholz, was a 1956 graduate of West Point Public High School and worked as a telephone operator in her early teens.  Delilah was a dedicated wife and mother, loved her Lord Jesus, and lived His love with others freely.

She will be remembered for her love, faith, laughter, love of nature, and caring spirit.  She will be missed by all who know and love her.  Praise the Lord Jesus for her life among us!


Walter Robert Otto Schmidt was born January 12, 1929 to Otto and Helen (Horn) Schmidt in West Point, NE.  Walter was an only child, but grew up with many cousins, aunts and uncles to support him.  After graduating from high school in 1946, Walter entered the US Army at age 17 with his parent’s permission.  He served in the occupation forces in Japan after World War II for 14 months as a military policeman and cook.  He returned home from the Army and attended Midlands College for one year where he studied business administration.

Walter married his high school sweetheart Delilah Mae Buchholz on October 16, 1949 in West Point where they lived for 35 years before moving to O’Neill, NE.  They raised three children Connie, Ronald, and John, and an infant son Donald died shortly after birth.  Walter worked in the rural electric business for over 40 years, starting out climbing poles as a lineman, and finishing his career as the Manager of the Niobrara Valley Electric Membership Corporation in O’Neill.

Walter was an avid outdoorsman who loved to hunt and fish, and he taught his children to do the same.  He also trapped fur bearing animals, such as mink, muskrats, and beavers for many years in the West Point area.  He enjoyed family gatherings and vacations, and was able to travel around the country with Delilah as part of his manager position with REA later in his career.  Walter was a good provider for his family materially and spiritually, and he helped all three of his children to a college education.  He was a generous giver of his time, energy, talents, and finances to those he knew and loved. 

We will remember him for his love of family, his faith, his laughter, love of nature, and generosity.  He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him, and we praise the Lord Jesus for his life among us. 

Survivors include sons Ronald (Barbara) of Lincoln, John (Pam) of Omaha; daughter Connie (Joel) Engelbart of Elkhorn; grandchildren Aaron Engelbart and Leah Mendel, Paul Schmidt, Sarah Navratil, Rachel Schmidt, Theresa Schmidt, Laura Schmidt and Anna Mae Schmidt; great-grandchildren Avery Mae Schmidt, Calvin Schmidt, Elise Mendel and Elliana Navratil; brother Theodore (Lorraine) Bucholz; sisters Vera Warner and Marcella Wilde; and many nieces and nephews.  They are preceded in death by their infant son Donald in May of 1954.


Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Jill Beck on 11th November 2014

"My god mother Delilah is now in the arms of her Lord.  May the love and comfort of the Lord Jesus Christ be with my god father Walt and their family.  Grief is the price we pay for love but we can rest with the knowledge that our loved one is with the Lord."

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