Ivan passed away June 13, 2018 after a long battle with cancer.
In his early years, he and his father had a ranch east of Aurora where they raised horses and cattle. As a teenager Ivan would ride horses in the sale rings. He liked to rodeo and rode rough stock as well as roping and bulldogging. For a time he was head horseman on the hill at the Denver Stockyards. Ivan worked at Porter Hospital in Denver for 35 years where he worked his way up to the department head of environmental services. During that time he ran a successful horse training business showing performance horses. Many national champions as well as numerous other accolades are credited to him in the APHA and ApHC.
Upon his marriage to Linda, his focus changed to breeding top paint horses that had numerous World Championships, Honor Roll horses, superiors and ROMs in halter and performance. His lifelong passion was his horses. He was a gifted horseman--one of the very elite. Ivan had lived in Penrose for the last 23 years, moving there from Castle Rock when he retired.
Ivan was a lifelong member of the 7th day Adventist church.
He is survived by wife, Linda of 35 1/2 years; sister, Wilma Tallon; and children from a first marriage, Eddie Schmidt, Barry Schmidt, Sherry Decker, and Debbie Smith; as well as numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by parents, Paul and Rachel Schmidt and son Gary Schmidt.
His family would like to express a sincere thank you to the Sangre de Cristo Hospice team in Canon City. What an amazing, caring group of professionals.
Contributions may be made to Sangre De Cristo Hospice, 601 Greenwood Ave. Canon City Co 81212.