It is with Bitter-Sweet emotions we share the passing of Dr. George H. Schmidt June 1, 1928 – November 14, 2023. Yep, 95 years!
From his birth, he’s experienced monumental events. His life reads like a national geographic magazine. The Great Depression, the collapse of Wall Street and the start of WWII. He was in Germany in 1939 when Hitler invaded Poland. George and his mother escaped on the SS Bremen back to New York City. He witnessed the start of McDonald's and watched the attack on Pearl Harbor, the day the United States entered WWII. He enlisted the second he turned 18 as part of the Army/Air force. Civil Rights, Sputnik, Computers, Polio vaccine, Color TV, Elvis Presley, and a waltz on the moon. Epidemics, Pandemics triumphs and tragedies. And all the while this peaceful man lived. George went to Dental school on the GI bill. He was a dentist, oral surgeon and orthodontist; the number of beautiful smiles he helped create is hard to count!
He had an amazing wife, Joan Schmidt, of nearly 50 years who preceded him in death in 2011. He had 6 children: Steven Ward, Tyler Schmidt, Craig Schmidt (died as an infant), Melissa Schmidt Johnson – (Steve, son’s Zachary, Grant, Caleb, Cade, and Jakob), Christine Schmidt Murray – (Ronan, daughter’s Erika with Great Grandchildren Jackson and Lorelei, Brogan and Bailey) and Erik Schmidt – (son Landen)
Dad, Grandpa, and Great Grandpa George gave the best hugs and was a special confidant. He will be sorely missed but we all know he lived a life well lived.