Wallace "Wally" Schmidt Jr.

Wallace "Wally" Schmidt Jr. 85, of Mascoutah, IL, born Tuesday, November 18, 1924, in Willisville, IL, passed away peacefully with his daughter Linda and friends by his side at Village of Silver Creek, Mascoutah, IL on August 7, 2010.

As a young man he helped his father farm and in the fifties and owned and operated a restaurant in E. St. Louis. He worked for the St. Louis Terminal Railroad and retired in 1986 as a Train Master. He was a member of Signal Hill United Methodist Church, Gothic Lodge #852 AF & AM, and Radio Breakfast Club. Wally enjoyed flying his plane, camping, boating, and traveling with his wife. He was an amateur radio operator with his call number as WY9S.

He was preceded in death by his:

  • Wife: Betty J. nee Weatherly Schmidt
  • Parents: Wallace and Alma nee Dean Schmidt Sr.
  • 2 Brothers: Norvell and LaVerne Schmidt
  • Granddaughter: Sandra Kirkman

Surviving are his:

  • 2 Daughters:
    • LaDonna Gibbs of Fairview Heights, IL
    • Linda (Bob) Stauder of Mascoutah, IL
  • 3 Grandchildren:
    • Stevan (Diana) Sickage of Collinsville, IL
    • Jason Wallace Stauder of Mascoutah, IL
    • Stephanie Gibbs of Fairview Heights, IL
  • 2 Great Grandchildren

The daughter Linda and his son in law Bob would like to thank the employees at The Village of Silver Creek for their excellent care giving to there father. Also, to Dr. Kellogg and Unity Hospice for providing a great support system.

Memorials:  Memorials may be made to the Sinal Hill United Methodist Church or Unity Hospice.

Visitation: Friends may call from 4-8 P.M., Thursday, August 12 with a 7:00pm Masonic Service at the Kurrus Funeral Home, Belleville, IL

Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 10:00am Friday, August 13, 2010 at Kurrus Funeral Home, with Rev Wheeler, officiating. Interment will follow at Valhalla Gardens of Memory Cemetery, Belleville, IL  Kurrus Funeral Home, Belleville, IL

Condolences left for Wallace "Wally" Schmidt Jr.:

    Helen and I send our sincere condolences to all of Wally's family. He was a great friend and will be sadly missed by all his fellow Ham Radio operators on the Breakfast Club. We are truly sorry for your loss. Tony Gilliland

    Samuel L "Tony" Gilliland Hannibal Mo. 63401