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Dean Schmidgall

Dean Loren Schmidgall, who was born on November 14, 1963, passed from this life on June 14, 2021, at the age of 57 years, 7 months.  Dean was the 8th child of 14 children born to Howard and Donna (Dosdall) Schmidgall.  He grew up in Hancock, Minnesota, where he attended school and graduated from Hancock High School in 1982.

Dean served in the army national guard for 17 years attaining the rank of staff sergeant, serving two tours of duty in Iraq as a combat medic. Upon return to the states, he worked in a military hospital in Washington state.

Besides Minnesota, Dean had lived in Illinois, Missouri, and most recently in California.  Dean worked as a nurse with elderly patients in a nursing home setting for more than 10 years, and worked for a period of time as a personal care attendant. 

Growing up, Dean enjoyed hunting and fishing with his father, brothers, and friends; and as an adult, he made a few trips back to Minnesota for brief hunting or fishing outings.  He was known by his friends and family for his sense of humor and his ability to make others laugh. Those closest to Dean will remember him for his compassionate and giving nature.

Dean is survived by his son, Loren Jay Schmidgall, his former wife and good friend, Dorinda (Oreo) Schmidgall, his 13 siblings, Bonnie (Bob) Edwards, Charles Schmidgall, Jerry (Lisa) Schmidgall, Dawn (Rick) Heike, Denise (Scott) See, Wanda Schmidgall, Judy Johnson, Sharon (Barry) Hirschey, Jay (Sheryl) Schmidgall, Sara (Japannah) Kellogg, Joel Schmidgall, Lee (Mandi) Schmidgall, and Paul (Mary) Schmidgall, and by numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Howard and Donna Schmidgall, his son, Noah Charles Schmidgall, and his faithful canine friend and companion, Hank.

Memorial plans are pending.

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