Daniel L. Schmidt, 72

Daniel L. Schmidt


Daniel L. Schmidt, 72, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, passed away peacefully on October 6, 2023. He was born on September 15, 1951, in Iowa City, Iowa, to Mary E. Dickenson (Martin) and Stanley T. Schmidt. He graduated from Sigourney High School in 1970, excelling in athletics. He worked various jobs, including bouncing at local bars and working in masonry. He spoke highest of his favorite career, driving for local trucking companies, taking memorable trips across Canada and the continental United States while working for companies like Sharkey and RFK. 

Dan shared his life in marriage with JoAnn Hoffpauir and Cara Clausen Fox and is survived by the children from these unions. Although both marriages ended in divorce, his love for his family remained his most cherished legacy, especially as "Grandpa." 

Dan had many passions, which he shared enthusiastically with others. He was a skilled bowler in Cedar Rapids bowling leagues, known for near-perfect and perfect games. He enjoyed card games, particularly Pinochle, and was fiercely competitive. He was also a dedicated racing fan, frequently attending events at Hawkeye Downs, Knoxville, and his most recent trip to the Indy 500. Later in life, he found joy in fishing and gardening with his partner Sheila Holland. 

Among all his passions, music held a special place in his heart. He was a rock and blues enthusiast who organized concerts and loved attending live music events. He often shared stories from these experiences and bonded with his children over music. 

Dan is preceded in death by his parents and his uncle Robert H. Martin. He is survived by his children Travis (Theresa) Hoffpauir, Anna (Kaidyn Hamilton) Schmidt, and Chloe Schmidt. His favorite grandchild, Lorelai Schmidt Garrels; his three sisters, Jenny Marie (Dave) Thompson, Robbie (Bill) Albertson, and Deborah Kay (Randy) Schultz, along with seven nieces and nephews. His best friend Doug Stepanek, among many others.  

The family extends a special thank-you to the nurses and doctors in the Intensive Care Center at Mercy Hospital in Cedar Rapids.  

Dan lived life unapologetically, embracing each day to the fullest.  

A public visitation will be held on October 22 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.at Holm Funeral Home in Sigourney, with a celebration of life to follow at a later date. Arrangements: Holm Funeral Home.



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