Calvin E. Schmidt

Calvin E. Schmidt, 85, of West Bend, passed away Sunday, Dec. 21, 2008, at Hartford Health Care Center.

Calvin was born on Oct. 26, 1923 to Reuben and Alyda (Hembel) Schmidt in Richfield. Calvin married Lorraine (Baerenwald) on Nov. 25, 1944, in Slinger.

He was well known in Washington County for his love to be with people for teasing. He believed in progress. He was always concerned about farming, family, friends and his church.

He belonged to the Farm Bureau and served on the county, state and national vegetable board.

He was president of Washington Growers until it was dissolved. He served on the town of Trenton Board as town planning commission and supervisor for many years. He was superintendant of the First Presbyterian Church of Richfield’s Sunday school for 17 years. He and his wife developed Trenton Industrial Park.

He belonged to many historical societies. He believed things from the past should be preserved. He will be greatly missed.

Calvin is survived by his wife, Lorraine; children, Ruth Ann (Gary) Smith, Carol Jean (Wayne) Madore and Paul Calvin (Christine Bruss) Schmidt. He is further survived by his grandchildren, John (Kimberly) Horlamus, Laurie (Rick) Bremmer, Nathan (Renee) Schmidt and Erienne (fiancˇ Huntz Guttmann) Schmidt; great-grandchildren, Hayden and Aubrey Horlamus; two sisters-in-law, Elva Schall and Darleen Baerenwald; nieces, nephews, many friends and the special Omicron Family Restaurant friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; parents-in-law; sister, Viola (Henry) Rosenthal; and two brothers-in-law, Herman Baerenwald Jr. and Eugene Schall.

Funeral Services for Calvin will be at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Phillip Funeral Home Chapel of West Bend with the Rev. Jonathan Meester officiating, followed by a private interment at the Washington County Memorial Park.

Visitation will be on Sunday from 1 p.m. until the time of service.

Memorials are appreciated to Hope Community Reformed Church or the charity of your choice.

The Phillip Funeral Home of West Bend is assisting the family.