Bruce Melvin Schmoll


Bruce Melvin Schmoll, 70, a lifelong resident of Dodge County, MN passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his family on March 16, 2024. Bruce was born on August 19, 1953, in Owatonna, MN to Melvin and Myrna (Filley) Schmoll. He attended Claremont High School and graduated in 1971. He then went on to attend Winona State University and studied Industrial Arts and Coaching. Bruce met the love of his life, Tarrie Pedersen, on a blind date. They were married in Winona, MN in September of 1979, and enjoyed 44 years of marriage. They were blessed with two sons, Eric and Adam. Bruce loved the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing. He enjoyed taking his children up to Canada on Canoeing trips to the Boundary Waters. Bruce was always happy to share the experience of enjoying the outdoors with others. He played in softball leagues for many years and also enjoyed volleyball. He also made wine and raised pheasants at his home over the years. Bruce was involved in many organizations and boards during his life. He was active in boy/cub scouts, Dodge County Pheasants Forever, USMEF (United States Meat Export Federation), an officer of the MN Soybean Board, Zoning board for Claremont, MN and the Ripley Township Board. Bruce made many friendships and connections from serving in the many organizations he joined. Bruce and Tarrie were able to travel to many destinations while he served on these boards, including trips to China and other locations. He was a lifelong member of Grace Lutheran Church in Dodge Center, MN. Bruce was known for being able to make conversation with anyone and often would find some common ground, with topics such as agriculture and many others. He was a friend to everyone he met over his life. Most important to Bruce was his family, especially his two granddaughters, Ella and Ava.

He was preceded in death by his father, Melvin Schmoll.

Bruce is survived by his loving wife of 44 years, Tarrie Schmoll; sons, Eric (Cassie) Schmoll of East Bethel, MN and Adam (Katie) Schmoll of Long Lake, MN; granddaughters, Ella and Ava; mother, Myrna Schmoll; siblings, Debra (Doug) Stangl of Estherville, IA, Becky (Dave) Overholser of Eagle Lake, MN, Brian (Heidi) Schmoll of Dundas, MN, and honorary brother, David (Heidi) Foy of Corcoran, MN; as well as many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday, March 22, 2024, at Grace Lutheran Church, 404 Central Ave N, Dodge Center, MN. Visitation will be from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 21, 2024, at Czaplewski Family Funeral Homes, 25 South St SW Dodge Center, MN and one hour prior to the service at church on Friday.

To share a special memory or condolence please visit, Czaplewski Family Funeral Homes, 25 South St SW Dodge Center, MN 55927 (507)374-2155. Blessed be his memory.