Family members say Robert J. Schmidt will be remembered for his love of sports and fishing and dedication to his 30-year career as a roofer.
Schmidt, 52, 500 block of Buchanan St. was identified by Sandusky police as the man who was struck and killed by a train Monday. Police said he was near railroad tracks just east of the Campbell Street crossing Monday morning shortly after 5 a.m. when the accident occurred.
Born and raised in Sandusky, Schmidt worked as a roofer for more than 30 years, most recently at Steve Petrick Roofing, according to his nephew, Steve Schmidt.
"He's probably the biggest-hearted guy I've ever known," Steve Schmidt said. "He'd give you his bed and sleep on the floor."
Relatives say Robert Schmidt enjoyed fishing and boating and was an avid Ohio State Buckeyes and Cleveland Browns fan. He did not have any children, but leaves behind several nieces and nephews, who say he was close to his family.
"He'd go to hell and back for his friends and family," Steve Schmidt said. "He was almost like another day."
Robert Schmidt lived on a farm when he was younger and went on to play many school sports and attend St. Mary Central Catholic High School.
"He was always fun. He loved to have fun," said his sister-in-law Barb Schmidt.
Robert Schmidt also previously worked as a roofer for Kenny Jasberger, who described him as a hard worker who was good at his job.
Toft Funeral Home & Crematory will host calling hours for Robert Schmidt from 3-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Friday.
Prayer services will be 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home, followed by Mass at St. Mary's Catholic Church and burial at Calvary Cemetery.