Roman Robert Schmitz


Roman Robert Schmitz, age 48 of Belle Plaine, died Friday, July 26 will be 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 30 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Belle Plaine. Rev. Mark  Johnson will officiate. Visitation will be Monday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Kolden Funeral Home  in Belle Plaine and also one hour prior to service time at the church. Roman was born on November 5, 1964 to Richard and Claretta (Dohmen) Schmitz in New  Prague. He went to New Prague schools and graduated in 1983. He then went into the Army  where he served until 1986, and then remained in the reserves for the next 13 years. He met  Schelly Voss in 1986 and they were married on September 5, 1987 at St. John’s Lutheran Church  in Belle Plaine. Roman loved playing euchre, having a few beers with friends, sitting out at the
bonfire, watching Nascar, doing whatever he could to help others and spending time with his  grandchildren. Roman is survived by his loving wife of 27 years, Schelly; step-daughters, Jennifer Oestreich  (fiancé, Garfield Bowen) and Laura Barfknecht (fiancé, Cody Gay); daughters, Amelia (Dale)  Berry and Stephanie Schmitz (special friend, Nathan Milbrath); son, Matthew Schmitz;  grandchildren, Jerald Barfknecht, Caleb and Zachary Oestreich and Claire Berry; his mother,  Claretta Schmitz; sisters, Dorothy Wagner, Susan (Harvey) Andresen, Judy (Russell) Gebhardt  and Alice (Bob) Nytes; brother, John (Cindy) Schmitz; sister-in-law, Sandy (Mark) Rassmussen; brother-in-law, Joe (Kathy) Voss; and aunt, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. He is preceded in death by his father, Richard Schmitz; father and mother-in-law, Marvin and  Janet Voss; and the best friend any man could want, his dog, Molly.