Joseph W. "Joe" Schmidt
Joseph W. “Joe” Schmidt, 65, of Riverton, died at 1:00 am, Friday, June 15, 2012 at his home. He was born July 21, 1946 in Springfield, IL to Ellis A. and Helen A. Molohon Schmidt. He married Elizabeth A. “Beth” Johnson on April 7, 1973 and she survives.
Also surviving are three daughters, Jodi Schmidt (companion: Shayne Emery) of Waverly, Tracy (Mark) Becker of Riverton and Heather (Mike) Kosikas of Cedar Rapids, IA; two grandchildren; Justin Becker and Bradyn Kosikas; two brothers, Michael (Debra) Schmidt of Elkhart and John (Julia) Schmidt of Sherman and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
His parents preceded him in death.
Joe was a member of St. John’s Vianney Church in Sherman, where he served as a finance officer and also was a past trustee. He was a Fourth Degree member of the Knights of Columbus – Marian Council #3914 in Riverton and was a Faithful Navigator, Grand Knight and District Deputy within the organization. He had also held various other positions with the Knights of Columbus and had been an active volunteer with their fish and chicken fries. He was an usher at Sangamon Auditorium at UIS; enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandkids and was always ready to help anyone in need.
He was a farmer and also worked at the Springfield Diocese Pastoral Center as a grounds keeper.
Visitation: 4-7 pm, Sunday, June 17, 2012 at Staab Funeral Home with the Knights of Columbus Honor Guard.
Funeral Mass: 10 am, Monday, June 18, 2012 at St. John’s Vianney Church in Sherman, with Monsignor Carl Kemme officiating. Burial will follow at Joel Hall Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Knights of Columbus-Marian Council or to the American Lung Association.