Christopher Michael Schmitz
September 4, 1961 ~ November 18, 2021
Christopher M. Schmitz, age 60, of Leadville, Colorado, passed away on Thursday, November 18, 2021 at his home. A graveside service will be held at 3:00 PM on Friday, June 3, 2022 at St. Mary's Cemetery in New Hampton, IA. Online condolences for Christopher's family may be left at www.conway-markhamfh.com. Memorials may be directed to the family. Christopher Michael Schmitz was born on September 4, 1961 to Ronald and Carol (Nosbisch) Schmitz in Ames, Iowa. The family moved to Rapid City, SD where Chris attended school and graduated from Stevens High School. He received his Bachelors of Science degree in geological engineering from South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and later earned his Master’s degree in mineralogy from Arizona State University. Chris worked in mining in Arizona, the Congo and Colorado. Mining was his life’s work. Chris enjoyed hiking, rock collecting, photography, hunting, fishing, and reading. He also enjoyed spending time with his family every summer at his cabin near Custer, SD. Chis is survived by his mother, Carol Schmitz of New Hampton, IA; sister, Cathy Schmitz of Henderson, NV; brothers, Paul Schmitz of New Hope, MN, Tom Schmitz of Rapid City, SD and John Schmitz of Rapid City, SD. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews. Chris is preceded in death by his father Ronald in 1984.