August 04, 2021

Laverne Schmidt


LaVerne Eugene Schmidt, 93, of Greenfield passed away on February 11, 2021, in Fontanelle.

LaVerne was born June 4, 1927, in Sterling, Nebraska. He was the son of Brunke George Schmidt and Martha Caroline Hauptmeier Schmidt. The family moved to Greenfield in 1943 where he graduated from Greenfield High School at age 15.

Mr. Schmidt farmed north of Greenfield until 1954 when he moved his family to Red Oak, where he practiced accounting, earned his CPA certification and became a partner in the Dutton & Schmidt CPA firm.

In 1964, the family relocated to Atlantic, where he opened an office for the firm and practiced accounting there for several years. In 1973, he was appointed to the Board of Directors for the Iowa Society of Certified Public Accountants. He retired from accounting at age 67 and in 1995 moved to Lake Viking in Gallitan, Missouri, to be nearer to his children.

He and his wife Doris enjoyed spending winter months at their home in Pharr, Texas. They later moved to Greenfield. His hobbies included playing golf and riding his motorcycle.

Mr. Schmidt was preceded in death by his wife, Doris Schmidt; his brothers, Marlin Schmidt and Wilmer Schmidt; his daughter, Carolyn Peterson and great-grandson Liam Peterson.

He is survived by his sister, Rae Jean Murphy (Frank) of Greenfield; daughter, Christine Schmidt Savage (Bob), of Blacksburg, Virginia; son, David Schmidt of Grain Valley, Missouri; son-in-law, Wes Peterson of Breckenridge, Missouri; grandsons: Scott Peterson (Natalie), Jay Peterson (Lindsay), Benjamin Savage and Brian Savage; great-grandchildren, Jackson Peterson and Jillian Peterson; numerous nieces and nephews.

Steen Funeral Home in Greenfield is in charge of professional arrangements. Online condolences may be left to the family at

Celebration of Life services will be held at a later date.