January 25, 1944 – February 19, 2014
Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in a while, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.
-John Muir (1915)
Richard Anthony Schmit, age 70 of Centerville, Iowa passed away Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at his home of natural causes.
Richard was born in Mineral Point, WI on January 25, 1944 to Mercedes A. (McDonald) and James C. Schmit. After serving in the United States Army he practiced as a Licensed Master Electrician until his retirement from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Union in 2005.
Richard spent his retirement much the way he spent his free time; in the great outdoors. Hunting, trapping and fishing were his loves and he took every opportunity to enjoy them. Most lately he enjoyed traveling out west to trap bobcat for extended lengths of time. Richard was a resourceful and independent man; gifts he passed down to his daughters and grandchildren.
Richard is survived by his three daughters: Carrie A. Schmit (granddaughter Jade), Cynthia M. (Wade) Soczka (grandson Daniel), and Colleen L. (Shahed) Ghoghowala (grandsons Gabriel and Zachary Richard); three sisters: Karen Gates, Teresa (Rick) Scullion, Margaret (Jim) Feivor; brother David Schmit and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Edward and James, and brother-in-law Dale Gates.
According to family wishes, cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held in May in the Madison, Wisconsin area. Memorials to the family of Mr. Schmit may be mailed to Lange Funeral Home and Crematory, 1900 S. 18th St., Centerville, Iowa 52544. Condolences may be shared online at www.langefh.com.Information provided by: Lange Funeral Home 1900 South 18th Street Centerville, IA 52544 www.langefh.com