Born: October 11, 1962 - Deceased: November 26, 2021
Richard “Rich” M. Schmidt, 59, of Millstadt, IL, born Thursday, October 11, 1962, in Granite City, IL, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family, Friday, November 26, 2021, at his residence in Millstadt, IL. after a long battle with cancer.
Rich was previously in the Marine Reserves and was a U.S. Army Veteran. He previously worked for SunCoke Energy as a utility maintenance worker. He was a member of St. James Catholic Church in Millstadt, IL and Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA). Rich was best known for his upbeat personality and positive attitude. He never knew a stranger and was always willing to lend a helping hand. He was a devout Catholic. He enjoyed gardening, playing cards and a good game of golf. Rich loved his wife Tracy, of 34 years, his children and his grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his:
- Parents, Laurence and Josefa nee Welp, Schmidt
- Father-in-law and mother-in-law, Robert and Dorothy nee Hill, Hamilton
- Robert Hamilton Jr.
- Ronald Hamilton
- Jerry Ohlendorf
- Blake Pfannebecker
- Constance Ohlendorf
- Deborah Pfannebecker
Surviving are his:
- Loving and devoted wife, Tracy A. nee Hamilton, Schmidt of Millstadt, IL
- Samantha (Kenneth III) Bassler of Millstadt, IL
- Richard L. (Ashley) Schmidt of Millstadt, IL
- Brother, Robert Schmidt
- Laurie (Bud) Mogus
- Rita Schmidt (Rich’s twin)
- Ramona (Don) Roberts
- Brothers and Sisters-in-law:
- Everett (Judy) Hamilton
- Steven (Ginna) Hamilton
- Sharon (Paul) Rongey
- Randall (Lola) Hamilton
- Gary (Phyllis) Hamilton
- Denise (Joe) Hoepker
- Janice Hamilton
- Neil (Debbie) Hamilton
- Mark (Denise) Hamilton
- Donald (Cindy) Hamilton
- Bradley (Tammy) Hamilton
- Kelly (Terry ) Hamilton
- Robert (Sherry) Hamilton
- Many loving nieces, nephews, cousins and friends
Memorials may be made to the St. Jude’s Children Research in lieu of flowers.
Visitation: Visitation from 3:00 – 7:00 pm Monday, December 6, 2021 at Kurrus Funeral Home and from 9:00 -10:00 am Tuesday December 7, 2021 at St. James Catholic Church in Millstadt, IL.
Funeral: Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 am, Tuesday, December 7, 2021 at St. James Catholic Church in Millstadt, IL with Msgr, Marvin Volk officiating. Interment will follow at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery St. Louis, MO.