Franklin Eugene Schmidt

Franklin Eugene Schmidt passed away January 12, in his home. Frank was born on June 22, 1969 in Santiago, Chile. He and his family moved to the United States in 1971.

Frank graduated from Ruskin High School in 1987 and started college in Columbia, MO at Missouri University. He then moved to San Francisco to continue his education and broaden his horizons. He found a job as soon as he arrived in San Francisco at Frank’s Fisherman on Fisherman’s Wharf. He landed this job just because his name happened to be Frank but he worked there for almost 25 years.

During his time in San Francisco he participated in a San Francisco Giants Fantasy Camp. It was during this event that he met people that would become his lifelong friends. They participated in fantasy camps every year for many, many years. They travelled around the country and met many people as they made wonderful memories. Even though they lived in different parts of the country, they maintained a brotherhood that never faltered. Frank was proud to call Wade Brogden, Marc Rovner, Barry Rosenthal and their families part of his family.

Frank loved to experiment with recipes and bake for his family and friends. He would find the most fantastic (and elaborate) recipes and spend hours in the kitchen preparing a meal for everyone to enjoy. He was a wonderful cook who truly loved the whole process of feeding everyone.

Frank moved back to Missouri in 2017 and was living in Raytown, MO. He was currently employed at the Osawatomie State Hospital in Osawatomie, KS.

Frank is preceded in death by his parents Eugene and Isabel Schmidt from Kansas City, MO. He is survived by his brother Chris Schmidt (Cheri) from Harrisonville and his sister Cindy Kaplanis from Raytown. He is also survived by his nieces and nephews that he doted on: Brittany McDonough (Mike), Codi Riggs (Sam), Alison Murray (Austin), Scott Schmidt, Colten Kaplanis and Bret Kaplanis, along with 4 great nephews and 1 great niece.

Due to Covid a Celebration of Life will be held Thursday April 14th at the Beck Event Center in Harrisonville, MO from 2-4.


  1. Debbie Rovner on January 19, 2022 at 3:15 pm

    No words can convey the loss we all feel. Chile was an awesome person. He was a gentle giving man who put the needs of others before his own. From the first time I met Chile I knew he had a kind soul and I knew he could always be counted on. May he Rest In Peace and May his soul have a rising to heaven. ?????

  2. Dennis Pierce on January 19, 2022 at 7:26 pm

    You will be missed Frank. You left an impression on allot of people.

  3. Paul Bishop on January 19, 2022 at 8:38 pm

    I attended Brewers Fantasy Camp with Frank, and although I didn’t get to know him well, I did enjoy talking to him and being his teammate. He made a positive impact on all of us, and we will miss him. So sad that he was taken from us so soon. Rest in peace, Frank.

  4. Marc Rovner on January 20, 2022 at 2:38 pm

    Chili ? was more than one of my best friends, he was family. I have never met a kinder gentler soul. Barry, Wade and I have one of the 4 legs of our powerhouse chair ripped away. We all will never be the same without him. He was just a great presence. His infectious smile, sense of humor, incredible knowledge, life advice and brotherhood are irreplaceable. I love you brother. Rest In Peace

  5. Roger Campbell on January 22, 2022 at 11:24 pm

    Chief (Mark Rovner) says it extremely well in describing Chile. Our group of traveling ball players are all great guys in their own ways, but Chile was one of a kind. He would always put everyone else’s concerns and needs ahead of his own and do everything to please them and make their baseball camp experience a great one. I never heard him complain about someone or some situation. He was not only loved by all the guys, but by each of their spouse’s and families. God rest his soul, as I’m certain he is with him in heaven now. ?

  6. Bill LaRoque on January 23, 2022 at 6:42 pm

    In your time here your poured love and care into this world. I felt this from you. Your kindness will spread forever and your presence will be felt for all time. Rest in peace friend. Know that we are well and all much better for having known you.

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