Joseph N. “Bud” Schmitz, age 77 of Santa Rosa, CA; formerly Nebr. City passed away at his home on April 5, 2016.  

He was born on Sept. 24, 1938 in Nebr. City, NE; the son of Joseph A. and Olive (Ramold) Schmitz.  He attended school in Omaha, NE at the Nebr. School for the Deaf and after graduation he attended Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. where he earned his degree.    He was a talented athlete and traveled the world competing in various athletic events.


He was united in marriage to Caroline Skedsmo on July 11, 1964 in California and to this union two children were born:  Nicola and Jon.


Bud taught for numerous years in California at various deaf schools and colleges.


He is survived by his wife Caroline, daughter Nicola Horrell (Richard), son Jon Schmitz all of California; 4 grandchildren, sisters:  Loretta Sarraillon of Nebr. City and Bertha Lutz (Bill) of Omaha, NE: sister-in-law Virginia Schmitz of Greeley, CO; other family and friends.

  He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother Alvin Schmitz.


Services will be held in Nebr. City at a later date with inurnment in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Paul, NE.


Gude Mortuary, Nebr. City is assisting the family with arrangements.