Richard Walter ‘Dick’ Schmidt

Dec. 5, 1937 - Oct. 27, 2005

Richard Walter "Dick" Schmidt of Waukesha went home to his heavenly Father on Thursday, Oct. 27, 2005, with his family by his side at Waukesha Memorial Hospital, at age 67, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Dick was born in Milwaukee on Dec. 5, 1937, the son of Frank and Gladys (nee Hartman) Schmidt. He was united in marriage to Nancy Degenhardt on June 8, 1963.

He was employed for 32 years for American Motors/Chrysler Corp., and also worked for Builders World Inc. from 1988 to 2002.

Dick served in the U.S. Navy, Naval Reserves RMCB-25 Sea Bees, and retired after 25 years of dedicated service. He was a member of United Auto Workers Local 75 of Milwaukee and Lodge 34 IAM of Kenosha. He was also a member and an usher at the 10:45 a.m. Mass at St. William Catholic Church in Waukesha.

Dick loved the outdoors and enjoyed traveling with his wife, Nancy. He was meticulous about his yard work and his tomato garden. His woodworking craftsmanship was impeccable. He had a great interest in history, documentaries and loved movies. He had a tremendous sweet tooth for chocolate and candy. He was very proud of his grandchildren and enjoyed being involved in their lives.

Dick will be sadly missed by his wife of 42 years, Nancy of Waukesha. He is the loving father of Rodney (Sue) of Mukwonago and Angela (Pat) Walters of Hartland, and devoted grandfather of Grant and Sarah Schmidt and Noah, Caleb, Elijah, Simon and Jonah Walters. He is further survived by two sisters, Joyce (Jack) Spice of Green Bay and Mary Ann (Wayne) Brandonisio of Milwaukee; four brothers, Frank (Ruth) of Green Bay, Gerald (Carol) of Lee Lake, Robert (Roxy) of Milwaukee and Roger (Joan) of Florida; and other relatives and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents and sister, Elizabeth.

A funeral Mass for Dick will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2, at St. William Catholic Church, 440 N. Moreland Blvd., Waukesha, with the Rev. Leonard Barbian officiating. Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1, at Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home, 237 N. Moreland Blvd., Waukesha, with a vigil service at 7:45 p.m. A second visitation will be held at the funeral home from 9:30 a.m. until the 10:45 a.m. procession to the church Wednesday. Entombment will be at St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery in Waukesha immediately following the Mass, with presentation of full military honors.

Memorials are appreciated to the family for Masses to be said in honor of Dick.

For additional information, contact Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home at 542-6609, or for an online obituary, directions or to leave condolences go to www.waukeshafuneralhome.com.