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Cletus Joseph Schmitz
May 5, 1931 November 28, 2009


Ridgefield, WA. Cletus, 78, passed away on Saturday in Ridgefield, WA. He was born on May 5, 1931 in the Brown House in Stayton to Joseph P. and Opal E. (Lambrecht) Schmitz. Cletus grew up in Stayton and lived in Redmond until moving to Washington about 40 years ago. He enjoyed teasing people and seemed like he would always get the best of you.   Cletus retired in 2003 after 56 years as a long haul truck driver. 

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Betty of Ridgefield, WA. ; kids, Calleen (Gary) Howell of Vacouver, WA., Clem (Kathy) Schmitz of Chattanooga, TN., Kenny Schmitz of Vancouver, WA. , Keith (Karen) Newberg of Vancouver, WA., Joyce Newberg (Chris Brown) of Hilo, HI., Dale (Cindy) Newberg of Kalama, WA.; siblings: Charlene Boucher of Gresham, Beatrice (Lee) Toepfer of Stayton, and Bob (Shirley) Schmitz of Stayton; 20- grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren. Cletus was preceded in death by his son, Eugene Schmitz.

Funeral Services will be held on Friday, December 4, 2009 at 12:30 PM at Evergreen Memorial Gardens in Vancouver, WA. Donations may be sent to the charity of your choice. Local arrangements by North Santiam Funeral Service, Stayton.


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