Ronald A. Schmidt Sr.
Ronald A. Schmidt Sr, 77, of Three Oaks, Michigan died Monday, July 29, 2013 at his home.
Ron was born December 17, 1935 in Three Oaks to Alvin L and Helen (Reifschneider) Schmidt. He graduated from Three Oaks High School in 1954 and on August 7, 1954 he married Marietta Payne in New Buffalo, Michigan. She preceded in death on November 11, 1995. Ron was a truck driver, retiring from Consolidated Freightway. He was a member and Past President of the New Buffalo Rod and Gun Club, a member of the NRA, and the Teamsters Union Local #7 of Kalamazoo. He was a River Valley sports fan, cheering on the team and his grandchildren. Ron was an avid sportsman and charter fishing captain. He enjoyed trapping, hunting, and fishing with his sons. On Tuesdays it was a priority for him to join his daughter Becky for an early morning breakfast. Friends appreciated Ron for telling it like it is.
Survivors include his daughter, Rebecca Jo Schmidt of Niles, Michigan; sons Ronald A. (Sandie) Schmidt Jr and Jeffrey (Tammie) Schmidt of Three Oaks; grandchildren, Ronald A. (Jesi) Schmidt III, Ryan (Angela) Schmidt, Cassandra (Pete) Rodriguez, and Kayla Schmidt great grandchildren, Sophia, Eliza, Melanie, Natalie and Maddison, sisters Ruth Ann (Harley) Vollrath of Paw Paw, Michigan and Roxie (John) Poole of Orlando, Florida and his brother Richard A. Schmidt of Three Oaks.
Services will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, August 2, 2013 at Pobocik Funeral Home, Three Oaks with Pastor Richard Zeiger officiating. Interment will follow at Forest Lawn Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5:00 – 7:00 pm on Thursday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Lovability Ministries, P.O. Box 46, Niles, Michigan 49120 or to the Area 17 Special Olympics, 1233 Young Place, St. Joseph, Michigan 49085.
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