Highway 50 at Meridian Road /
One Newton man was declared dead after a two-vehicle accident on U.S. 50 April 9. According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, at 2:52 p.m. April 9 a passenger car driven by Orville Schmidt, 67, Newton, was eastbound on U-50 at mile marker 270 when it crossed the center line to the left, colliding with 2000 Freightliner semi driven by Jose Catarino, 65, of El Paso, Texas, which was westbound. The car rolled and came to rest facing northbound in the eastbound lane. The semi came to rest on the right shoulder on westbound U-50. Schmidt was taken to Via Christi St. Francis in Wichita, where he was declared dead. His passenger, Nancy A. Schmidt, 75, was also taken to St. Francis with injuries. Catarino was uninjured in the accident. (The Newton Kansan, Newton Kansas. April 10, 2018).
Orville A. Schmidt, 77, died Monday (April 9, 2018) at Via Christi Regional Medical Center-St. Francis Campus in Wichita following an automobile accident. He was born on Nov. 5, 1940, in Goessel, the son of Arnold T. and Marie Flaming. Orville attended Greenville School in West Branch Township and graduated from Goessel High School. He married Nancy Ann Franz on June 2, 1962, at Grace Hill Mennonite Church in rural Newton. They lived in the Elbing area for many years until moving to Newton within the past year. Orville had been a welder at AGCO, biomedical engineer, maintenance worker and electrical repairman. Survivors include his wife, Nancy of Newton; son, Russell Schmidt of Wichita; daughters, Jennine Busenitz and husband Sam of Elbing and Missy Richardson and husband Chris of Newton; 13 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Orville is preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Virgil Paul Schmidt and Arlo David Schmidt; and sisters, Wilma Schmidt and Luella Schmidt. Graveside services and interment will be held at 9:30 a.m. Monday (April 16, 2018) at the Grace Hill Church Cemetery, rural Whitewater, followed by memorial services at 11 a.m. at the Newton Bible Church in Newton. The family will receive friends between 3 and 5 p.m. on Sunday (April 15, 2018) at Broadway Colonial Funeral Home, Newton. A memorial has been established with the Gideons, Berean Academy and the Child Evangelism Fellowship of Kansas, Camp Good News in Hutchinson. Contributions may be sent to Broadway Colonial Funeral Home, 120 E. Broadway, Newton, KS 67114. Arrangements are by Broadway Colonial Funeral Home, Newton. (Broadway Colonial Funeral Home, Newton Kansas. April 10, 2018).