Edward Joseph Schmitt, 92, of Port Clinton, died Monday morning, Sept. 17, 2007, in Magruder Hospital after a very brief illness.
He was born Feb. 13, 1915, in Carleton, Mich., the son of Joseph A. and Anna Winifred (McCormick) Schmitt. He retired from Ford Motor Company in 1985 after working as a tool and die maker for 44 years. On Sept. 19, 1958, he married Elsie M. Champion who preceded him in death in 1998. Together they had four daughters, Carolyn (Charles) Barnes of Port Clinton, Mary Schmitt of Silver Spring, Md., Dr. Suzanne (Daniel) Savage of Toledo and Lisa (Bryan) O'Neill of Toledo; and an "adopted" son, Alan Kruser of Toledo. His siblings, both deceased, were Dorothy Gentner of Monroe, Mich., and Arthur Schmitt of Carleton, Mich. Grandchildren are Andrew (Claudia) and Elissa Barnes, and Grace and Clark Edward O'Neill; great-grandchildren are Mariella Barnes and her twin siblings yet to be born.
During his bachelor years Ed was an avid traveler, pilot, stockcar pit crew member and boater. After marrying, he was a devoted husband and father and enjoyed remodeling their home and many road trips throughout the U.S. to family reunions. Since Elsie's passing, Ed did very well living alone and made many friends as a regular at Tony Packo's in Toledo and Mr. Ed's in Port Clinton.
Visitation will be from 2-9 p.m. Wednesday at Neidecker, LeVeck & Crosser Funeral Home, 1124 Fulton St., Port Clinton, where funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday. Burial will follow in Riverview Cemetery, Port Clinton.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society and the Ottawa County Humane Society.
Condolences may be expressed at neideckerleveckcrosser.com.