Robert G. Schmidt

Robert G. Schmidt, 70, of Waldo, passed away late Wednesday afternoon, Dec. 5, 2007, at Sheboygan Memorial Medical Center following a courageous battle with cancer and diabetes.

He was born on March 3, 1937 in Milwaukee, a son of the late William N. and Mildred C. (Warzyn) Schmidt.

Robert attended Milwaukee Grade School and Milwaukee Boys Tech, graduating with his GED from LTC.

He served in the United States Army entering in 1954, (Red Arrow Division out of Milwaukee) and serving in the Berlin Crisis. He also served in the Wisconsin National Guard (121st Infantry Division out of Plymouth) for a total of 21 years, retiring in 1990.

On May 18, 1957 he married Gloria Maus at St. Ceciliaís Catholic Church in Thiensville. The couple lived in Mequon and Port Washington before moving to Waldo in 1972.

He owned Bobís Enco Service Station in Thiensville for eight years, then worked at the Valley Transport Company (now known at Johnson Bus Service) for 31 years as a diesel technician, retiring in 2002.

Robert was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Plymouth and was a member of the Elkhart Lake Farmerís Market for the past 16 years.

He loved horticulture, was a member of Masterís Gardeners in Sheboygan and started his own apple orchard in Waldo (known as Windcrest Acres).

He also had a hobby of model railroading.

Survivors include his loving wife of 50 years, Gloria; his children, Suzanne (Lonny) Koene of Plymouth; Sandra (Dennis) Armistead of West Bend; Sharon Schmidt (friend Bob Otte) of Plymouth; Shelly Schmidt of Waldo and Steve (Lisa) Schmidt of Cascade; six grandchildren: Ryan Schmidt of Waldo; Christopher Koene of Plymouth; Travis and Taylor Schmidt of Cascade; and Stacy and Kellie Armistead of West Bend; two great-grandchildren, Jenna Vere of Arizona and Elena Koene of Plymouth; a sister, Dorothy (Fred) Wilson of Bullard, Texas; a brother-in-law, Ray (Lynne) Maus of Slinger; three nephews, John, Adam and Eric; and two nieces, Cindy and Mary.

He is also survived by other relatives and many friends.

A Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, Dec. 8, at 1 p.m. at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Plymouth.

The Very Rev. Dennis Van Beek, pastor of the church, will officiate and entombment will be in the Gardens of Peace Mausoleum in the town of Sheboygan.

Friends may call at the church on Saturday from 11 a.m. until the time of services.

The Plymouth VFW World Cheese Center Post 5612 will conduct military rites at the church following the services.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund is being established in Robertís name.

The Suchon Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Plymouth is serving his family.

For online condolences, please visit www.suchonfh.com.