Palmer A. Schmidt, 86
March 13, 1930 May 13, 2016

Palmer A. Schmidt, 86 Palmer A. Schmidt, of Grafton, died Friday, May 13, 2016, at the age of 86, surrounded by his family.

Palmer was born on March 13, 1930, in Newburg, the son of the late Erwin and Minnie (nee Utecht) Schmidt. Palmer spent one year in the United States Army and then three years in the reserves. Upon returning home, Palmer worked as a foreman sand caster for 45 years at Rostad Aluminum. Palmer was a founding member of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Grafton. His passions included carpentry, in which he made the original altar at Our Savior Lutheran Church. He also enjoyed lawn care as well as making wooden toys, such as trains, cars and marble games.

Palmer is survived by his Loving Wife, Jo-Anne (nee Koller-Rathke); loving father of Richard (Lori) Rathke, Daniel (Laurie) Rathke, Lori (Shawn) Best and Todd (Kristina) Schmidt; Devoted Grandfather to Jessica Glab, Katie Best, Kaily Rathke, Andrew Best, Samuel Rathke, Michael Rathke, Scott Rathke and Elizabeth Schmidt; and Great-Grandfather to Aryah and Max Glab; Dear Brother of Orville Schmidt and Louvella (Rev. Ronald) Schultz; and brother- in-law of Herman Kuether. Further survived by other relatives and many friends.

Palmer was preceded in death by grandson, Nicholas Rathke; sisters, Audrey (John) Schlehlein and Amy Kuether; and sister-in-law, Geraldine Schmidt.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, May 18, 2016, at 2 p.m. at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 1332 Arrowhead Drive, Grafton.

Visitation will be at the church on Wednesday from noon to 1:45 p.m. Memorials to Our Savior Lutheran Church appreciated. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting