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