Carl E. Schmidt, 86, of Sandusky, died Friday, April 18, 2008, in Ohio Veterans Home, Sandusky, following a brief illness.
He was born July 31, 1921, in Sandusky. Carl was a 1939 graduate of Sandusky High School and attended the Ohio State University. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II serving as a private in the 728th Railway Operating Battalion, in France and Germany. Carl was employed by Norfolk & Western Railway Co., retiring after 40 years, in 1981, as yardmaster. He also worked for Pennsylvania Railroad.
He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, Sandusky, member and past master of Science Lodge No. 50, F. & A.M., Knights of the York Cross of Honour, Sandusky City Chapter No. 72, R.A.M., Sandusky City Council No. 26, R. & S.M., Erie Commandery No. 23, K.T., 32nd Degree Mason, Scottish Rite, Valley of Toledo, Sandusky High Twelve Club, Singara Grotto, Commodore Denig Post 83, American Legion, Lowell C. Hein Post 2529, V.F.W., the Airstreamers of Cleveland, and the 'Nifty Fifty' group of the Class of 1939. He is survived by his son, Thomas C. (JoAnn) Schmidt of Sandusky; two daughters, Karen S. (James) Rummer of Barberton, Ohio, and Susan E. Popke of Sandusky; eight grandchildren, Jessica (Brent) Ihns of Lost Nation, Iowa, Jacob (Amy) Schmidt of Wickliffe, Ohio, Jennifer Schmidt of Franks, JoEllen (Robert) Street of Bellevue, Matthew (Stefanie) Rummer of Hilliard, Ohio, Andrew (Wendy) Rummer of Middleburg Heights, Ohio, and Robert Rummer and Brian Rummer, both of Barberton; two stepgrandchildren, Elisabeth (Daniel) Bender of Sandusky and Bryan Popke of Nantucket, Mass.; five great-grandchildren and five stepgreat-grandchildren; sister, Zelma (Edgar) Weiss of Canton, Ohio, and nieces, nephews and other relatives.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty R. Schmidt in 2005; parents, Henry J. and Eva M. (Beechler) Schmidt; and son-in-law, William Popke.
Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Monday in Pfeil Funeral Home, Sandusky Chapel, 617 Columbus Ave., Sandusky, where Science Lodge No. 50 will hold Masonic Memorial Services at 7 p.m. Friends may also call from 9:30 a.m., Tuesday, until funeral services at 10:30 a.m. in Zion Lutheran Church, 503 Columbus Ave., Sandusky; the Rev. John Mawhirter will officiate. Burial will be in the Oakland Cemetery, Sandusky.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Stein Hospice Service, 1200 Sycamore Line, Sandusky, OH 44870; or Honor Flight Inc., Attn: Margaret Morse, 300 E. Auburn Ave., Springfield, OH 45505. Honor Flight, Inc. is a non-profit organization which helps World War II veterans visit their National Memorial in Washington, D.C.