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Kurt “K.C.” Schmidt

May 05, 1957 - Jan 11, 2021


Kurt “K.C.” Schmidt, 63, of Sheboygan passed away unexpectedly on Monday, January 11, 2021 at St. Nicholas Hospital. K.C. was born on May 5, 1957 in Sheboygan to William and Dianne Schmidt. He graduated from Sheboygan North High School in the class of 1975. He married Mary Beth McNinch on May 19, 1984. Most recently he was employed as a Driving Instructor at Just Drive and was a caregiver at Homes for Independent Living. K.C. loved music and avidly loved animals. He was in a variety of local bands and was most recently the drummer in Buffalo Joe Band. He was a Wisconsin sports fan and was formerly a Boy Scout Leader for many years.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Beth; children, Dane Schmidt, Will Schmidt (fiancée Brianna Devenpeck), Ted Schmidt and Heather MacLaughlin-Garbes (Pete Garbes); grandchildren Seth, Connor and Jaxxon; his parents, Bill and Diane; siblings, Kyle (Jill) Schmidt and Connie (Jim) Kraemer and numerous other relatives and friends including friend Terri Fultz.
There will be a visitation held on Wednesday, January 20, 2021 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Reinbold-Novak Funeral Home, 1535 S. 12th St., Sheboygan. Masks are required and physical distancing must be observed for those attending the visitation. A private family memorial service will be held.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be designated to the Sheboygan County Humane Society in his name. Condolences may be expressed online at
The family would like to thank the staff in the ER and ICU at St. Nicholas Hospital for their care.


Date: Wednesday Jan 20, 2021
Time: 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Location: Reinbold-Novak Funeral Home [map]



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Mary Beth, Sorry to find out this news. It would be nice to catch up/ Cousin Robert in Australia

Phyllis (Yurk) DeLorme

Bill and Diane. My deepest sympathy. Just learned of Casey s passing. I would have been there for you last night at the showing. Way too young. So many fond memories of babysitting your kids. And Casey and his mischievous smile. Loved your family. Take care. I’m sure this is a hard time for you.

Jon Malson

Dear Mary & Family, condolence to you. First met KC when he started drumming with the Buffalo Joe Band. First time taking with him I knew he was a great guy. So sorry for your loss, he will be missed by many. Jon Malson

Bill Steck/Former owner-Just Drive

Very sorry to hear about KC. He was a wonderful employee and friend who worked for/with me teaching Driver Education at the Just Drive school. He leaves a legacy of many former students who are better drivers today because of his efforts. He will be missed.


I knew Kurt a short time, but in that time we played at Open Jams and he made me feel like I was the best Violin player around! He will always have a special place in my heart. He will be missed by many, many music friends, including myself!

Jerry Messner

Such sad news. I met K.C. when he was the soundman for Bluegrass band Alive 'n 'Pickin' of which I was a fan and eventual member. I got to know him through the years especially at The Green Room Pub when he was with Blues Highway. I even subbed for BH on bass for a gig when Dane could not make it. Eventually we became bandmates toward then end of my time with Buffalo Joe. I will miss his company, his annual birthday jams and making music with him. Great guy! Due to Covid precaution Cleo and I will not be attending the visitation but we'll be there in spirit. Our deepest condolences to all.

Marcus and Linda Powers

Our Christian sympathy to Mary Beth and the family at this time of loss. KC was passionate and enthusiastic about much in life. No doubt he will be missed by his family and others. God's peace in Christ.

Chris Martin

So sorry for your loss. He was one of the nicest men I've ever known. He will be missed.

Catherine M Pohl

KC was a true blessing to our Just Drive family. He was an inspiration to many students. I am blessed to have worked with him.

Robin Dike

Speechless...Such a kind, caring & all around a good Man. R.I.P. KC, you will be dearly missed. Mary Beth all my love and hugs to you ❤

Wendy & Steve Van Akkeren

We were so sad to hear this news. I remember fondly a conversation with K.C, at one of Jan's Stone Soup parties on the beach. He was a sweetheart. Steve has many good memories. Our thoughts are with the family. Wendy & Steve VA

Eric R Larson

So shocked and saddened to hear of KC's passing. He was a great help to me in my business, always willing to pitch in. We had so many wonderful conversations, I will miss him and his friendship.

Albert Kuether

I'm going to miss this guy. His musical talent is going to be missed with the Blues Band. My sympathies to all of his friends and family.

Barbara A Thede

So sorry to hear about this. He had such a kind soul. He really enjoyed playing in the bands that he belonged to. He got to meet many different people in his adventures. My condolences go out to the family. May he rest in peace.