W. Schmidt, M.D.
Claude W. Schmidt, M.D., age 92, passed away October 5, 2016. He was born August 29, 1924, to Alfred and Irmgard (Rubusch) Schmidt in Shawano County, where his father was a dairy farmer.
Claude received his medical training from the University of Wisconsin, Northwestern University, and the University of Kansas. After serving as a Navy flight surgeon during the Korean War, Claude took care of “the better half of humanity” as an obstetrician/ gynecologist in Waukesha. He retired to Los Alamos, N.M., in 1992 and moved to Wichita, Kan., in 2003 to be closer to his children.
Claude loved the outdoors: he took up bird hunting “to entertain his black Lab” and skied until he moved to the flatlands at age 79. He crafted beautiful wooden cradles for his grandchildren. He loved a good joke, and he never knew a stranger.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his beloved wife of 55 years, Ila Paulk Schmidt; and his brother, Ruben Schmidt.
Claude is survived by his children, Greta (Christopher) Perleberg, Martha (Robert) Asaph, Karl (Norma) Schmidt and Kurt (Laura) Schmidt, and 10 grandchildren.
A memorial gathering will be held Saturday, November 5, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at The Regent, 2050 N. Webb Road, Wichita.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Sedgwick County Zoo, 5555 Zoo Blvd., Wichita, KS 67212.