In Memory of Doreen P. Schmidtke

Doreen P. Schmidtke
Doreen P. Schmidtke
Born: January 19, 1940
Died: July 15, 2017
Age: 77
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Doreen P. Schmidtke
January 19, 1940 - July 15, 2017

Doreen P. Schmidtke, age 77, of Odebolt, Iowa, passed away on Saturday, July 15, 2017, at the Horn Memorial Hospital, of Ida Grove, Iowa.

A Funeral Service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, July 19, 2017, at the Trinity Lutheran Church of Odebolt, Iowa. Rev. David Viggers will officiate. Committal Services will follow in the Odebolt Cemetery of Odebolt, Iowa. A visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at the Christensen - Van Houten Funeral Home of Odebolt, Iowa. The Christensen - Van Houten Funeral Home of Odebolt, Iowa is in charge of the funeral arrangements. Condolences may be sent online at

Doreen P. Schmidtke the daughter of Alvin and Laura (Breier) Luchterhand, was born on January 19, 1940, in Marshfield, Wisconsin. She grew up on a dairy farm south east of Loyal, Wisconsin, where she attended school. Doreen graduated from Loyal High School with the class of 1958.

On September 20, 1958, Doreen married the love of her life Donald Gene “Don” Schmidtke in the Trinity Lutheran Church of Loyal, Wisconsin. Doreen and Don welcomed there son Chuck while Don was stationed in California with the United States Marines. After Don’s service to his country the family relocated back to Loyal, Wisconsin. Don went to work as a cheese maker while Doreen enjoyed being a stay at home mother. A cheese factory in Odebolt, Iowa, brought the family to Odebolt. Doreen and Don welcomed their daughter Dawn.

When her youngest started school, Doreen began driving bus for Odebolt-Arthur School. She was past employed at the Odebolt Chronicle and as the manager of the Odebolt Liquor Store. Doreen wanted to further her education and started taking classes in Carroll, Iowa, thru DMACC, and earned an Associate’s Degree in Business. After graduating, Doreen then worked as an Ida Country Farm Bureau agent selling insurance and investments. This was a stepping stone which lead her to a position at United Bank of Iowa as a Financial Adviser.

Doreen loved to garden, grow and can her fruits and vegetables. Her flower gardens were a labor of love. She and Don had the honor of Odebolt Yard of the Month several times. She also enjoyed sewing, dancing, wintering in Texas, and spending time with her family and her beloved cat Squeak.

Doreen was preceded in death by her parents Alvin and Laura Breier; beloved husband Donald “Don” Schmidtke; and brothers Gerald, Orville, and Robert Luchterhand.

Left to cherish her memory are her children Chuck (Donna) Schmidtke of Lake View, Iowa and Dawn Nelson (Dean Hudson) of Laurens, Iowa; grandchildren Deena Hudson of Pocahontas, Iowa, Dallas Nelson of Laurens, Iowa, and Jaci Nelson of Laurens, Iowa; great grandson Brayden Hudson of Pocahontas, Iowa; brother Mel Luchterhand of Loyal, Wisconsin; many nieces, nephews, close friends and extended family.


10:30 a.m., Wednesday
July 19, 2017
Trinity Lutheran Church
Odebolt, Iowa


Rev. David Viggers


Ken Hurley
Bill Fertig
Pete Renze
Rudy Thies
Ranell Drake
Tom Paulson


5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m
Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Christensen-Van Houten
Funeral Home
Odebolt, Iowa


"Beautiful Savior"
"Just As I Am"
"He Touched Me"

Organist, Carol Wendel


Odebolt Cemetery
Odebolt, Iowa


Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at 10:35 AM
“I have very fond memories of Doreen from working with her at United Bank of Iowa. My condolences to her family.”
- Sue Smith
Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at 7:52 PM
“Heart and prayers are with you all. Was hoping to go to the funeral but we are in Colorado for my uncles funeral. Hugs!”
- Pat & Ann Hoefling
Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at 1:02 PM
“We are so sorry for your loss of Doreen. We were their neighbors at Shady Acres for a couple of years and really enjoyed them very much. They will be really be missed.”
- Sonny & Linda Weeks
Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at 1:02 PM
“I'll always remember Doreen as one of our wonderful O-A bus drivers, as Dawn's adorable mom, and as my Grandma Verona Steuk's special co-worker at Farm Bureau. Grandma always talked highly of their work relationship and how wonderful Doreen was to her. God rest her soul. Thinking of you, Dawn. xoxoxoxo Annie
- Annie Bengford
Monday, July 17, 2017 at 3:53 PM
“Dawn, Chuck,&Donna and family So sorry to here of your mothers passing.Extending our sincere sympathy. Sincerely Al &Norma RICKE”
- Norma &Al ricke
Sunday, July 16, 2017 at 10:59 PM
“Doreen and Don were such great people that I got to know in my early years as a teacher in Odebolt. Doreen was great to share produce with me as well as giving advice on cooking and storing food. She taught me how to make pickle relish. Such a congenial and caring woman. I was really hoping to share produce from the garden with her.”
- Jim Mickelson
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