Born Sept. 10, 1928 in Flint, Mich., he was the son of Conrad W. and Ida (Smith) Schmidt. A former Aurora resident, he had lived in Brimfield for nine years.
Mr. Schmidt was a dispatcher for Standard Oil Co. in Cleveland until he retired in 1985. He also worked in road maintenance for the City of Aurora and was a driver for Campus Bus Service.
He was a member of W.K. Ricksecker Masonic Lodge No. 606 of Aurora, Scottish Rite Valley of Canton Consistory, and a Boy Scout Leader of Troop No. 265 of Aurora. A U.S. Army Air Corps veteran of World War II, he was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 2926 of Cleveland. He attended the First Congregational Church of Rootstown.
He also was president of the Happy Day School Board and a board member of Portage Industries.
Survivors include his wife, Esther (Dalton), to whom was married 45 years; son, William of Berwick, Pa.; daughters, Lee Lance and Shannon, both of Brimfield; three grandchildren; and sisters, Dorothy Walsh of Willoughby, Connie Dickson of Bedford, and Patricia Schultz of Lyndhurst. A son, Frederick, died previously.
Calling hours will be held from 5 p.m. until services at 8 p.m. Friday at Shorts Funeral Home in Streetsboro, with the Rev. Susan Tipton officiating. Masonic services will be held at the funeral home at 7:45 p.m. Friday. Burial will be in Crown Hill Cemetery in Twinsburg.
Memorials may be made to the Portage County Board of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities.