Calloway Ethan Schmidt

Calloway Ethan Schmidt, 27, passed away on June 2, 2021, at his home. He was born on February 25th, 1994, in Lawrence, Kansas. He attended Deerfield Elementary, West Junior High School, and then graduated from Lawrence Free State High School in 2012. A bright student, he went on to study at the University of Kansas hoping to pursue a career in the health and medical field.  His dream was to help and serve those in need.

Calloway made it his childhood goal to go on daily adventures “Calvin and Hobbes-style”. He included his brothers and friends where he could turn any moment from average day activity into side-splitting hilarious. He missed no opportunity for a timely joke, a word of encouragement, or a helping hand to uplift anyone’s spirit. He loved being with friends and family where they could compete in games, play or watch sports, and share his sharp wit for a good laugh. There was never a lack of entertainment when Calloway was around. Always the life of the party, it was his sincerity and genuine interest in others with his contagious smile that he charmed his way into everyone’s hearts. There was no one he wasn’t willing to befriend even if given just a few short minutes.

Calloway was a self-taught, natural musician and true artist. Playing the guitar was his gift, outlet, and a creative extension of who he was. He loved to listen or talk about music, write songs, study everything he could to improve, and most importantly share his love of music with others.

Calloway is survived by parents Eric Schmidt and Lisa Pickel, step parents Shelly Schmidt and Brian Pickel, and brothers Cameron Schmidt, Overland Park, Chandler Schmidt, Kansas City, Mo., Corban Schmidt, Olathe, Ks, Coulter Schmidt, Lawrence, Ks and Jack Pickel, Lawrence, Ks.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, June 11th, at 11:00 am, at Rev City Church (700 Wakarusa Dr, Lawrence, KS, 66049). There will be a viewing before the service at 10:30 am at Rev City Church for family and friends. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may go towards service expenses and Rev City Church’s “Heart for the Kingdom ministry”, a local outreach serving Lawrence, in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana St., Lawrence, KS, 66044. Online condolences may be sent at rumsey-yost.com

Messages & Condolences

From Connie Boylan...

The Celebration of Life service for Calloway was a very comforting event for those of us who love Calloway. It provided assurance to us that Calloway is alive and he’s at home forever now. We can remember his life here without sadness and enjoy all the wonderful memories. We thank our Lord and Savior Jesus for this.

From Donita Bouton...

Brian,Lisa and family
So very sorry to hear of Calloway passing.
Always loved seeing him and your children in the dental office !
What a loss for us but a huge gain for Heaven.
My deepest sympathies
Donita Bouton
Heinbach and Larkin Dental Office

From david johnson...

Calloway was a great person! It was always a moment to cherish hanging out together even if we were just watching tv at my house his vibe and good hearted ness always made it a better time than just anyone could!! He was also an awesome friend to have no matter how long in between times where we would hang he would always reach out just to see how I was doing and to ask me what’s new and how things have been.. Calloway you will forever be missed. You and your family will be in my prayers.

From Maria Watson...

Calloway was thoughtful, caring, kind hearted, hysterically funny, talented, and genuinely himself – all the time. He was a great friend to many and always game for an adventure. His energy could light up a room at the drop of a hat! Rest In Peace, Calloway. You are so loved.

From Billy Barnes...

Calloway was a great person who’s kind heart and friendly nature shined through to anyone that he knew. From little league to high school together, I always knew I had a good friend in Calloway. He was such a genuine person and will be missed dearly. Prayers to the Schmidt family. Rest In Peace.

From Austin Neidow...

Calloway was one of the most genuinely nice people I’ve ever met. I’m thankful to have shared good memories with him and will always remember those times. My prayers and condolences go out to the Schmidt family. Rest In Peace Cal.

From Olivia watson...

I’ve known Calloway since kindergarten. He was always so kind and always made me laugh. My prayers go out to his family and friends.

From Scott Friesen...

Calloway and I have been friends for over 20 years and never once was there a dull moment having him around. We have been close ever since we met at Deerfield elementary, having played a multitude of sports over the years in addition to playing hours of music together. He was selfless, generous, and empathetic to all those who crossed his path and always put his friends and family first. I will forever cherish his friendship and the times we shared <3

From Deb & Bob Werts...

Words can’t express our sadness reading the news of Calloway’s passing. Deepest condolences to the entire family for your loss.

From Dylan Aul...

Calloway was one of the most caring friends I had growing up. He was such a light to others around him. My prayers are with all the family and friends of Calloway. Rest in peace Cal, love you brother.

From Amy Strawser...

We are so deeply sorry for this tragic loss, and are sending thoughts of peace to everyone who loved him.

From Victor Adams...

I am so sorry for your loss. From his obituary he must have been a remarkable young man: the whole world’s loss.

From Pete Langston...

We have no words to express how sorry we are. Years of Baseball and watching all of your Boys grow up ⬆️ t is so hard to believe this news.
He will be greatly missed.
Peter, Trina, Chase, Quincy, and Keiron Langston

From Julie Rea...

So, so sorry for his loss. Although I had not met him personally, I always followed your family during their growing-up years. May you feel God’s presence through this tremendous loss.

From Rydell...

We met on lil league football & you were one of the hardest hitting QB’s I’ve ever came across. It was nice catching up a while back when we were downtown. Rest In Peace brother

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