Larry Ted Schmidt, 71, of rural Rushford, died on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017, at his home sitting at the kitchen table, playing solitaire and listening to the bluegrass music that he loved.

Larry was born on April 15, 1945, in Vancouver, Wash., to Theron “Ted” and Lois (Albert) Schmidt. He was a hunter, fisherman and builder. He enjoyed being a mentor to his 14-year-old grandson and teaching him the fine art of fishing and hunting.

Enjoyment for Larry was when his guitar was on his lap, and he was picking with his family and friends. He played music for many of his family and friends, weddings, celebrations and funerals.

Larry loved his home that he built in the Maple Valley, south of Rushford. He was a talented man in many areas of his life. He wore his talents with great humility. Larry loved God and his family.

He leaves to mourn him his mother, Lois Albert Schmidt; his life partner, Dianne Shaw-Cummins; their children, Ted Allen Schmidt Regnaud and Bobbie Jo (Jon Hammond and their son, Sam Hammond).

Larry’s grandchildren were his bright light and greatest joy. They include Jonah, Grace and Trinity Regnaud.

He is further survived by his step-daughter and dear friend, Amy Peterson, and her daughter, Krista, and son-in-law, Nick Myhre; and Larry’s three sisters, Diane Joseph, Pat LeLoup and Pam Majerus.

There are many others in Larry’s life whose names may have been omitted. Please forgive us and know that Larry’s love was great for all his family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father and three brothers-in-law, Donnie, George and Gary.

There was a memorial service for Larry on Saturday, Feb. 11, at the First Lutheran Church of Highland in rural Lanesboro with the Reverend Patricia Hinkie officiating.

Hoff Funeral and Cremation Service in Rushford assisted the family with arrangements. Leave a memory of Larry and sign his online guestbook at