Dorman Ray Schmidt was born to August Schmidt and Elsie Neffendorf Schmidt in Mason, Texas, on July 7, 1930. He died September 22, 2009, in Aurora, Colorado, at the age of seventy nine.
He spent his early years on a ranch in Mason County and attended school in Grossville and later in Mason where he graduated from Mason High School. After his graduation, he attended Tarleton State University, Texas Lutheran University and Texas State University. He enlisted in the United States Army and served in the Korean War as a radio operator. He was honorably discharged in 1953. Dorman’s work career included positions at Texas Instruments, Kaman and in the Industrial Arts Laboratory at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. He married Bonnie Miller in 1960 and later married Evelyn Vejrostek on May 4, 1972.
Hunting and fishing, especially fly fishing in the streams of Colorado, were Dorman’s favorite hobbies. He also enjoyed tying fly fishing lures. He loved to tell stories about his big-game hunting trip to Alaska and the trophies he brought home. Hunting the white-tailed deer in the Texas Hill Country and elk in the Colorado mountains was one of his favorite activities. He always had a story to tell and loved to make people laugh. Many of his stories told about his escapades with a group of life-long friends called the James River Cowboys in his home town of Mason.
Dorman was predeceased by his parents, his wife Evelyn, his brother-in-law David Rode and his nephew, Michael Rode.
Dorman is survived by his son, Dan Miller and wife Joy, Grandsons Jeff and wife Katrina Miller and Jason Miller, great grandchildren Peyton Rose Miller and Logan Danial Miller, all of Olympia, Washington, sister Opal Rode of Fredericksburg, Texas; and brother Phillip Schmidt and wife Joanna of Georgetown, Texas. He is also survived by step-sons Frank Vejrostek of Barrington, Florida; Ron Vejrostek and wife Valerie of Longmont, Colorado; James Vejrostek and wife Kay of Cheyenne, Wyoming; Chuck Vejrostek and wife Nancy of San Antonio, Texas ; and step-daughter Marguerite Gonzalez and husband Jose of Colorado Springs, Colorado. His survivors also include numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, and friends.
A memorial service for Dorman Schmidt will be held on October 24, at 3:00 p.m. in Memorial Gardens, Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Memorials may be sent to the Alzheimer Foundation, St.Paul Lutheran Church in Mason, Texas, or the charity of your choice.
A gathering of family and friends to celebrate Dorman’s life will be held on October 10 from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Phillip Schmidt cabin, 6761 Grossville Rd. in Mason.