Ulys and Thelma Schmidgall moved from Eldon, Idaho to Yuma in 1951. Ulys had worked in one of the local body shops. In 1952, he decided he would go into business for himself. That’s when Smitty’s Body Shop opened up.
Ulys' son Kenny would come down in the winters from Idaho to help his dad out at the shop. After seven years of traveling back and forth in the winter, Kenny decided to move his family down to Yuma in 1958. Kenny soon became manager and in 1970, he and his wife Carol, became the new owner of Smitty’s. So another generation started.
Kenny’s son, Rob was 14 yrs old when he started working with his dad at Smitty’s. He began as a sweeper. Rob worked his way up to become a bodyman. In 1983, Kenny was in a fatal car accident and Rob was soon filling his dad’s shoes.
Carol and Rob continued to carry on the family business. In 2000, Rob and his wife Debbie became the new owners of Smitty’s, so a third generation began. Smitty’s Body Shop will continue to serve the Yuma Community with quality paint and collision repair.
Family owned and operated since 1952. We take pride in the work that we do and the service that we give.