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Philip E. Schmidt

November 17, 1929 February 26, 2015
Philip E. Schmidt
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Philip Erwin Schmidt, of Oconto, WI died Thursday, Feb 26th, 2015. He was born November 17th, 1929 in Ladysmith, WI to Walter E. and Harriet (Zuck) Schmidt and is survived by brothers Keith (Patricia) Schmidt and Gail (Mary Francis) Schmidt. He was a devoted father to son Parin (Andrea), and daughter Lynnee (Joe) Valley, and dedicated grandfather to Lynnee’s sons Kye, who preceded him in death, and Bo and Kaen and to Parin’s daughter Kayla and son Kevin. Throughout his life he was a strong supporter and advocate of family ties and history, organizing and attending many family reunions throughout the country. He began life as a farmer, or more precisely a farmer’s son, but agriculture became a driving force in his life off the farm as well. His education led him to a master’s degree in agronomy and an MBA later in life. His first vocation was as a teacher of Agriculture at the high school level. He was also very involved in 4-H clubs and FFA in both his hometown of Ladysmith, WI and Oconto, WI, where he met his wife of 56 years, LucyAnn (Thome) of Oconto, also a teacher by profession and who preceded him in death by only a few months, on July 26th, 2014. His work-life ultimately led him to Chicago where he worked 32 years for the National Safety Council as an administrator and educator, and lived and raised his family in suburban Lombard, IL. He was a self-professed tinkerer, and a non-stop do-it-yourselfer, having built their first house in WI in addition to many many home remodeling projects throughout his life. He did most automotive repairs as well and had a keen interest in most anything mechanical. He was a proud owner of his ’86 Fiero, and Honda Scooter, and more recently an International Cub tractor (in addition to several other tractors). He visited many tractor and steam power shows and was a semi-regular visitor at the EAA air show in Oshkosh. He had wide-ranging interests in many other areas. He was amazingly well read; a regular and heavy user of local libraries wherever he went. Some of his interests included gardening, vintage tractors (and cars), woodworking, wood turning, traveling, puzzles of all kinds, and music! A rather accomplished “arm chair” guitarist, he would often delight his children during their younger years (and later in life as well!) with tune after tune on any given evening. Amongst others, he collected an impressive collection of Hank Snow LP’s, representing his love of “real” country music and country gospel music. In later years he spent a great deal of time working on and enjoying his tractors, practically used for maintaining his seemingly ever-expanding lawn. He very much enjoyed tending the garden and sitting on the tractor during the summer months…and then tooling around the garden in Arizona during the winter in Apache Junction, AZ, where they spent 18 winters during their retirement years. He was a man of incredible and steadfast faith his whole life, attending and participating in church leadership as a deacon and elder over the years… a man of often few words, who truly led by example. The family will receive relatives and friends at the First Presbyterian Church of Oconto from 9:30am to 11:00am, Saturday, March 21st, 2015. Memorial Service will be held at the church at 11:00am with the Rev. Craig Alwin officiating. Online condolences may be expressed at RLINK"http://www.gallagherfuneralhome.net"www.gallagherfuneralhome.net.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the First Presbyterian Church of Oconto.

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Visitation

Saturday

21

Mar

9:30 AM 3/21/2015 9:30:00 AM - 11:00 AM 3/21/2015 11:00:00 AM
First Presbyterian Church

133 Jackson St.
Oconto, WI 54153

First Presbyterian Church
133 Jackson St. Oconto 54153 WI
United States

Service

Saturday

21

Mar

11:00 AM 3/21/2015 11:00:00 AM
First Presbyterian Church

133 Jackson St.
Oconto, WI 54153

Memorial service by Rev. Craig Alwin

First Presbyterian Church
133 Jackson St. Oconto 54153 WI
United States
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