Phillip E. Schmidt, 79

Phillip E. “Phil” Schmidt, 79, of West Bend, passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015, at his home in West Bend surrounded by his family.

Phillip was born on Aug. 19, 1935, in Milwaukee, the son of the late Edward and Marian (Fessler) Schmidt, and on April 23, 1955, he was united in marriage to Margaret “Marge” Ansay at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Port Washington. Margaret preceded Phillip in death on March 29, 2001.

Phil was a retired member of the Beechwood Fire Department which he had joined in 1976. He was a former member of Beechwood Night Flyers Snowmobile Club, Kewaskum Historical Society, Milwaukee Fire Historical Society and active member of Socialable Singles. Phil was an avid collector of fire trucks and took great pleasure in lighting his trees for the holidays at his former residence in Beechwood. His generosity and willingness to lend a hand were known to all. Phil’s presence was larger than life and will be remembered for his vitality and how he lived life on his own terms.

Those Phil leaves behind to cherish his memory include his children, Debra Stoneman of Waldo, Patricia (Terry) Vetter of Beechwood, Michael Schmidt (Mary Kucharski) of West Bend and Carol (Jeff) Nigh of Hartland; grandchildren Nicole (Mike) Danielson, Brad Vetter, Robert Stoneman, Alyssa Nigh, Alex Nigh and great-granddaughter Jada Danielson. He is survived by a sister, Lucille Warzyn, and two brothers- in-law, Werner Schurman and Paul (Sarah) Ansay. Phil also leaves behind his faithful companion Rex.

Phil was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Marge and their infant daughter Jean Ellen. He was additionally preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Marian, and father- and mother–in-law Clemens and Dorothy Ansay; a sister, Bea Schurman; two brothers, William Schmidt and Donald Schmidt; a brother-in-law, Walter Warzyn and a sisterin- law, Agnes Schmidt.

Funeral services for Phil will be held at Holy Trinity Church, Kewaskum. The family will greet relatives and friends at the church on Saturday, March 7, 2015, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. with Memorial Mass to follow at 1 p.m.

Cremation has taken place so that he may join his cherished wife Marge.

In lieu of flowers, memorial funds to the Stars and Stripes Wisconsin Honor Flight, Beechwood Fire Department or Threshold Inc. are appreciated.

The Miller Funeral Home has been entrusted with Phil’s arrangements.

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