Ice fishing tournament honors husband, father and friend Matt Schmidt

LAKE KOSHKONONG, Wis. (WMTV) – Matt Schmidt’s family and friends remembered him with an ice fishing tournament on Saturday.

The Matt Schmidt Outdoors Memorial Ice Fishing Derby was named after Matt, who was a big part of the Milton community. He died during the “fracking of the wood” in 2020.

His daughter Lily Schmidt hasn’t been able to bring herself to hunt or take part in some outdoor activities since her passing, as it was something they enjoyed together.

“Last year it was hard to do that,” Lily said. “But I plan to come out this year because it will be a little easier.”

Grieving also becomes a little easier for Lily’s mother and Matt’s wife, Caitlin Schmidt.

“The heartbreak never ends,” Caitlin said. “It’s still there. It just changes over time.

The fundraiser makes her feel like Matt is still around.

“We will never stop saying his name,” Caitlin said. “We will never stop honoring him and his values ​​of honesty, integrity and having children learn more than themselves. The world at large.

The derby raised money for the Milton High School Outdoor Fishing Club to encourage children to spend time outdoors and kids like Lily to get back in the great outdoors.

“I think he would be happy if I did that,” Lily said. “I’m not giving up everything because I can’t do it with him.”

“He would be super proud to have all of his friends, family and community come together to support something he really cares about,” Caitlin said.

Friends of Caitlin and Matt will also be hosting a meat raffle Sunday at noon at Lucy’s Hideaway.

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