In Memory of

Matthew Charles Schmillen

May 20, 1975 - June 9, 2020
From: Marcus, IA
Matthew Charles Schmillen, the son of Chuck and Diane (Perrin) Schmillen was born on May 20, 1975, in Cherokee, IA. His childhood years were spent in Marcus where he attended school and graduated in 1993. Matt started running an excavator and other heavy equipment when he was 14 years old, and became quite skilled at what he did. He attended college for a short time before returning to the family business for the last 25 years, most recently serving as President of Schmillen Construction. On September 7, 2002, he was united in marriage to Tonia Schneider at Marcus, IA. They were blessed with four boys.

Matt was an active member of the Grace United Methodist Church, and served with the Knights of 21st Century. He volunteered his time on the Marcus City Council for 20 years. In addition to his community minded service, Matt had many hobbies. He enjoyed hunting, fishing trips to Canada, camping, and boating with his family. He was a former Hobby Stock racer and spent his time racing at the Buena Vista Raceway. He drove in several demo derbys over the years, built racecars, and went on snowmobile trips out west. He always enjoyed attending NASCAR races with the “Bros.” More than anything, family was his life and he cherished every moment spent with his boys, including coaching their football and Little League teams, and teaching them to hunt and fish.

On June 9, 2020, Matt passed away unexpectedly at the Cherokee Regional Medical Center. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Jack and June Perrin, and Bob and Mildred Schmillen, as well as his brother, Michael Schmillen. 

He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 18 years, Tonia Schmillen and their 4 sons, Michael, John, Cody, and Jacob; his parents, Chuck and Diane Schmillen; one brother, Steve and Ashley Schmillen and their children, Hailey, Emily and Aiden; sisters-in-law, Amber and Dave Pitts and their children, Cole, Rylee, Tyler, and Olivia, Nerissa and Adam Walker and their children, Evelyn and Violet; brother-in-law, Jonathan and Sara Schneider and their children, Ella, Isaac, and Anna; Tonia’s parents, John and Anita Schneider and Lisa and Roger Schoeberlein; his grandmother-in-law, Ramona Wiersema; along with many other relatives and friends.
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SERVICES
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 13, 2020, at Grace United Methodist Church in Marcus, Iowa.
OFFICIATING
Pastor Travis Stevick
CASKET BEARERS
Brian Scott
Gerry Alesch
Bill Horstman
Mike Olsen
Mike Staab
Joe Schlinger
Nathan Tentinger
Brian Letsche
Kory Alesch
Ed Johnson
Darrin Johnson
VISITATION
Public visitation with the family present will be held from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. Friday, June 12, 2020, at Grace United Methodist Church in Marcus. Social distancing practices will be adhered to. There will be a 7:00 p.m. prayer service at the church following visitation.

The family requests that memorials be made to the Matthew Schmillen Memorial Fund.
MUSIC
Kay Dettman, Pianist
INTERMENT
Holy Name Catholic Cemetery
Marcus, Iowa

Condolences

Saturday, June 27, 2020 at 1:50 PM
“Tonia, Michael, John, Cody, and Jacob - I'm so sorry for your loss. God only knows what you're going through. I hope that those of us at school and in the community can be a support system for you as time goes on.”
- Andrew Wotherspoon
Wednesday, June 17, 2020 at 8:51 AM
“Diane and family. My heart breaks for you with your loss. May God help you all find peace and comfort in the days ahead. You're in my thoughts and prayers. ”
- Brenda Husman
Tuesday, June 16, 2020 at 10:45 AM
“I'm sorry for your loss. May the wonderful memories you all have with Matt live on with each of you. May it be something the kids do that would be what he would do to a song you danced to. With each breeze that blows past you is him reminding you he is with you to every rain drop when you are down he is with you.
Prayers for all of you.”
- Renee Means
Monday, June 15, 2020 at 12:22 PM
“So sorry for your loss....my prayers are with you all ”
- Kordell kruse
Monday, June 15, 2020 at 12:22 PM
“To all the Schmillen family. My deepest condolences to the whole family. From the first time I got to spend time with Matt on our fishing trips up at Jack and June’s cabin in Canada, I knew Matt was a special person. He spoke of the love for his whole family and extended family of all his friends.
GOD bless you all during this difficult time now and forever.
- Doug Ellens
Monday, June 15, 2020 at 12:22 PM
“Although I know that no words can ease the loss you feel, just know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Although it’s difficult today to see beyond the sorrow, May looking back in memory help comfort you tomorrow.”
- Katie Sterman Foster
Monday, June 15, 2020 at 12:22 PM
“Tonia and Family,
My deepest sympathy. Hold all your memories close to your heart and may God continue to shine upon you with all his love and comfort you in every way and in every step of the way. My thoughts and prayers to all of you.”
- Lindsay Carlson (Herrmann)
Monday, June 15, 2020 at 12:22 PM
“Please accept our deepest condolences. I have fond memories of Matt from school and basketball. Your entire family is in our thoughts and prayers. ”
- Zac & Bobbi Jo Dorr
Monday, June 15, 2020 at 12:22 PM
“Shmillen Family, We are so sorry to hear of Matt's passing. We have many fond memories of him from his fishing trip up here in Canada. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Debi, Vince & Donna (Kississing Lake, Canda)”
- Debi, Vince & Donna
Monday, June 15, 2020 at 12:22 PM
“Diane & Chuck, my heart breaks for you & you family during this difficult time. Praying that you find peace & strength through the rough days ahead.”
- Bonnie Kohn
Monday, June 15, 2020 at 12:22 PM
“Our hearts ache for you and the rest of the family. May you find peace knowing that God's grace and love will be sufficient to carry you through these difficult times.”
- Dorita (Schneider) & DuWayne Hanke
Monday, June 15, 2020 at 12:22 PM
“Tonia and Family,
My deepest sympathy. Hold all your memories close to your heart and may God continue to shine upon you with all his love and comfort you in every way and in every step of the way. My thoughts and prayers to all of you.”
- Lindsay Carlson (Herrmann)
Monday, June 15, 2020 at 12:22 PM
“So sorry for your family's loss. May god be with during these times. ”
- Brad & Ashley Scholten
Monday, June 15, 2020 at 12:22 PM
“Chuck Diane Tonya this is big mark I got to see Matt groe through the business all the way to president I was so proud of him. Our trip to Talladega just so many good memories in the construction business I help grow the business with you and I can't believe you're gone God bless your family and it's my deepest sympathy I wish I could have been there thank you Mark Schievelbein”
- Mark A Schievelbein
Monday, June 15, 2020 at 12:22 PM
“Tonia boys and Diane and Chuck the whole Schmillen family we are so sorry for your loss. Prayers at this difficult time. Matt may you rest in peace.”
- Diana and Doug
Monday, June 15, 2020 at 12:22 PM
“Diane and Chuck,
My deepest sympathy to you and your entire family as you mourn the loss of your beloved son, Matthew. Praying for God‘s peace that passes all understanding to help comfort you in the days ahead.
May God bless each of you. 🙏
Rhonda Vredenburg”
- Rhonda File Vredenburg
Saturday, June 13, 2020 at 6:32 AM
“Chuck and Diane, Our hearts are so saddened with the loss of your son. Our prayers and sympathies are with you and your family. ”
- Wally & Mary Ann Miller
Saturday, June 13, 2020 at 6:32 AM
“My prayers are with the whole schmillen family!! My heart goes out to all of you. 😔❤”
- Matthew Frye
Saturday, June 13, 2020 at 6:32 AM
“My heart is so broken and my heart and prayers go out to his families ”
- Betty. L Davis
Saturday, June 13, 2020 at 6:32 AM
“To the Schmillen Family: my heartfelt sympathy to each and every one of you. Rest In Peace Matt. ”
- Suzanne Willis Land
Saturday, June 13, 2020 at 6:32 AM
“Matt Schmillen family. So sorry for your lose. You will be in our prayers at this time of your lose and the days head through this time of grieving.
Jerry Rus”
- Jerry rus
Saturday, June 13, 2020 at 6:32 AM
“Tonia and boys, Chuck & Diane and the entire Schmillen Construction family, I can not image the grief you are experiencing at the loss of Matt. The picture you chose for him is 100% how I will always remember him. I think every conversation I ever had with him ended with that smile. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. He will be greatly missed. Glenn & Amy Roder”
- Glenn & Amy Roder
Saturday, June 13, 2020 at 6:32 AM
“Dear Chuck and Diane:
We are very sorry to hear about the passing of your son Matt. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. May God bless you and your family.”
- Jack and Coleen Schmillen
Saturday, June 13, 2020 at 6:32 AM
“I was very saddened to hear of your loss.
Prayers for God's comfort now and in the days to come.”
- Donna (Gravenish) Brummitt
Friday, June 12, 2020 at 11:46 AM
“Marsha and I are so sorry - thinking of you Chuck and Di”
- Bill Adams
Friday, June 12, 2020 at 11:46 AM
“Hearing the incredibly sad news of Matt’s passing was such a shock. Prayers to all of his family. ”
- Alecia Regennitter
Friday, June 12, 2020 at 11:46 AM
“Chuck and Diane and family: I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your son. May the love and support of family and friends help you in your time of sorrow.”
- Marilyn Johnson
Friday, June 12, 2020 at 11:46 AM
“Our heartfelt sympathies and prayers are with the entire family during this difficult time. I know the support of the amazing Marcus community Is great source of comfort. May God’ grace and the Holy Spirit watch over you and provide continued strength. ”
- Gina & Jeff Myers
Friday, June 12, 2020 at 11:46 AM
“We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with entire Schmillen family.”
- Andy and Cindy Juhl
Friday, June 12, 2020 at 11:46 AM
“Our sympathy for your loss.”
- Linda & Steve Sones
Friday, June 12, 2020 at 7:32 AM
“Our sincerest sympathies to the Schmillen family on this incredible loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers. ”
- Beth and Casey Kingdon
Friday, June 12, 2020 at 7:32 AM
“I am so so very sorry for your loss, my prayers and thoughts to you all. ”
- Sarah Haverkamp
Friday, June 12, 2020 at 7:32 AM
“There are not enough words to say how sorry we are. Matt was such a good and giving man. He will be missed by all. Prayers & hugs”
- Pat & Claudette Staab
Friday, June 12, 2020 at 7:32 AM
“Tonia...my earliest friend, as a mother and wife my heart breaks for you. Be strong, grieve and know that God loves you. Please reach out if you need anything...a place to grieve, an ear to listen...i love you and will be praying for you.”
- Tonya Daharsh
Friday, June 12, 2020 at 7:32 AM
“To the Schmillen families with a broken heart & many tears I'm sending my prayers to you all. My Matt be at peace . Love you all. ”
- sue hinspeter
Friday, June 12, 2020 at 7:32 AM
“Tonia, Boys, Chuck, Diane and family,

We are sorry for the loss of Matt. He was one of nicest guys. Prayers for the family. ”
- Chad and Monica Gravenish
Friday, June 12, 2020 at 7:32 AM
“We are so sorry. May you feel God’s arms around you. May you feel all the love the community has for you. ”
- Bruce and Anna Schmadeke
Friday, June 12, 2020 at 7:32 AM
“My deepest sympathy. Praying for you all during this difficult time. ”
- Laurie Jenness
Friday, June 12, 2020 at 7:32 AM
“Sorry for your loss. You will be in our prayers. Keep the memories.”
- Dan Nielsen
Friday, June 12, 2020 at 7:32 AM
“My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. I’m so sorry for your loss. Wishing you strength and peace during this hard time. ”
- Judy Fogleman
Friday, June 12, 2020 at 7:32 AM
“My deepest Sympathy to you all. My prayers go out to you all. May peace and Love surround you during this difficult time. 🙏”
- Debra Schmillen
Friday, June 12, 2020 at 7:32 AM
“Sweet Tonia & boys - my heart is with you. You’re stronger than you know. Chuck & Diane - you’ve raised a kind son. Hugs to you, Steve. Let your memories of happier times with Matt carry you through these events. May your reminiscing bring you all comfort & healing in the days ahead.”
- Jodi Ehrig Jamison, “Class of ‘93”
Friday, June 12, 2020 at 7:32 AM
“To hear this sad news this week has definitely shaken our small town with big hearts that care for all of you as Matt's family...my sympathies to you and everyone that shared Matt's life with him.”
- Jean Addison
Thursday, June 11, 2020 at 2:17 PM
“So very sorry to hear of your families loss. Thoughts and prayers for all of you!!!”
- Sherill Glassmaker
Thursday, June 11, 2020 at 1:42 PM
“My heart goes out to the families at this sad time you are in my prayers God Bless all of you ”
- JoAnn Perrin
Thursday, June 11, 2020 at 1:42 PM
“So so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Jeff loves his job and the relationship with Matt. He will be truly missed. ”
- Jeff and Diane Thomas
Thursday, June 11, 2020 at 1:42 PM
“Tonia and Boys -

We hope Matt is resting easy.

May many fond memories help you all through this hard, hard time. Sending huge hugs for all of you and please know you are certainly In our thoughts!! Love you all!!
- Ron and Jan Witcombe
Thursday, June 11, 2020 at 1:42 PM
“Words can't express enough on how deeply sorry I am for your family's loss. Matt will be forever in our memory and your family in our thoughts and prayers. I have so many awesome memories of Matt. Wither hunting with us in our group with Harold and others. From all the parties we were at in our crazy years growing up, to just a random run into and a short chit chat. Again my deepest condolences go out to all if you. ”
- Joe bierman
Thursday, June 11, 2020 at 1:41 PM
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I'm so sorry for your loss our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family ”
- Jeff Franken
Thursday, June 11, 2020 at 1:41 PM
“Chuck and Diane,
I am so saddened to hear about Matts passing. I remember him as a wonderful man and I know Mark really liked him.
Please know that your family is in our thoughts and prayers.
God Bless you all,
Becky and girls”
- Mark Buchanan Family
Thursday, June 11, 2020 at 1:41 PM
“Tonia, Michael, John, Cody, and Jacob--- We are heartbroken about Matt and for you and the boys. Bob has really enjoyed getting to know Matt personally thru Knights and gained such respect for his maturity and his love for you all. His passion for work was something Bob could relate to and his mentoring of his employees, too. Matt was always so supportive and kind to me about my speaking at church. We will miss him and be praying for you and the boys with diligent prayers in the many days to come. Our church will really miss him. In love and sympathy, Lorna and Bob Leavitt”
- Bob and Lorna
Thursday, June 11, 2020 at 1:41 PM
“Tonia and boys, our family is hurting and praying for you. We are SO very sorry for this awful, terrible loss. Wishing you comfort and strength- the Jochims”
- Kathy Jochims
Thursday, June 11, 2020 at 1:41 PM
“Chuck Diane and all- my heart breaks for you! Prayers you all find peace! Prayers and hugs to you all!”
- KIM Loutsch
Thursday, June 11, 2020 at 1:41 PM
“Matt was a very good person, I am glad I had the time to know him and his family's, my condolences to the entire Schmillen family's your all in our prayers.”
- Rod & Kathy Fitzgerald
Thursday, June 11, 2020 at 1:41 PM
“Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Pat Ducommun and Gayle Hearne”
- Pat Ducommun
Thursday, June 11, 2020 at 1:41 PM
“I am very sorry for your loss. ”
- Luke Schmillen
Thursday, June 11, 2020 at 1:41 PM
“Words can't express how sorry I am to hear about Matt's passing.You and the family are in my mind and sympathy thoughts at this time.”
- Karyn Engebretson
Thursday, June 11, 2020 at 1:41 PM
“Matt was one of those very unique people that you truly enjoyed working with professionally and personally. His word was his bond and you always knew where you stood. He was a big man with a big heart. The world will be a much sadder place without him. My deepest sympathy to his entire family. ”
- Herb Lohnes
Thursday, June 11, 2020 at 1:41 PM
“Schmillen Family.....our sincerest condolences for your loss. May his soul Rest In Peace. May the God of all goodness embrace and comfort you during this extremely difficult time.”
- Roger and Sue Dentlinger
Thursday, June 11, 2020 at 1:41 PM
“My condolences for the Schmillen Families. I thought of Matt as a friend and will always remember his smile and laugh. Spent many hours on job sites riding on the edge of his excavator having conversations as he worked. I really enjoyed the time I got spend with him and I will miss him. I feel for your loss and pray God grants you peace in your times of need. ”
- Bill Frueh
Thursday, June 11, 2020 at 1:40 PM
“Very sorry to hear of your loss. My prayers and thoughts are with the family.”
- Karen Jean Gravenish
Thursday, June 11, 2020 at 1:40 PM
“Schmillen Family,
I am so very sorry for your loss. I have many memories of Matt from when we were little kids, to running around town, to being in school together, through graduation. As life has taken us all in different directions and we have lost touch, I am still deeply saddened to hear of his passing. He was a great person and I will be praying for you all. Always know he will be with you in your memories and your heart.”
- Donna Hansen Mertz
Thursday, June 11, 2020 at 1:40 PM
“So very sorry for your loss, many thoughts and prayers to all of his family and friends at this time. ”
- Kristen Schoeberlein
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