Laurel ‘Louie’ Gordon Schmear

Oct. 23, 1931 - Oct. 1, 2009

Laurel "Louie" Gordon Schmear of Delafield died Thursday, Oct. 1, 2009, of congestive heart failure at Waukesha Memorial Hospital at the age of 77. Laurel was born Oct. 23, 1931, the son of and fourth born to Audrey Evelyn (Barnes) and Laurel Henry Schmear.

His first job was at Waukesha Motors at age 16, where he was a lathe operator. He proudly joined the U.S. Army in 1950. He trained in El Paso, Texas, and spent a year in Illesheim, Germany, as a machinist. Sgt. (T) Laurel Schmear was discharged in 1953. He worked at Northwest Tool & Die in Butler, Harley-Davidson in Brookfield, Hein Werner Corp., Riverside Mold & Die and Accurate Products in Waukesha. He lived in the town of Ottawa (Dousman) for 30 years. He enjoyed golfing and went deer hunting every year until 2004.

Louie is survived by his wife of 46 years, Lorraine "Jiggs" Schmear; stepdaughter, Rita (Charles) Powell; stepgranddaughter, Stephanie Reid; and sisters, Shirley Hellman of Genesee and Joyce Bradley of Muskego.

He was preceded by his brothers, Clifford and Arnold Schmear, and his baby sister, Beverly.

The funeral service for Louie will be held at 3 p.m. Monday, Oct. 5, at the Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home, 237 N. Moreland Blvd., Waukesha. There will be full military honors. The visitation will be from 1 p.m. until the 3 p.m. funeral service on Monday at the funeral home. The Rev. Peter Peterson will be officiating. The private burial will be Tuesday, Oct. 6, at Prairie Home Cemetery.

The Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home, Cremation and Pre-Planning Services is serving the family. For further information, please call 542-6609, or for directions, an online obituary or to leave a condolence, please visit