Fredrick Schmidt Jr., 88, of Jacksonville died Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013, at his home.
Mr. Schmidt was born March 31, 1926 in Hillside, N.J. to the Late Fredrick and Florence W. Schmidt and also was preceded in death by his son, Michael Schmidt; his grandchild, Fredrick Schmidt IV; and now is reunited with his sweetheart of 54 years, Nettie Jane Schmidt.
Smitty was a true patriot for our country and served in World War II and the Korean War before retiring as a decorated veteran in 1961. He had a passion for building model railroad trains and had a love for all people, especially his family. His witty sense of humor and conversational spirit was so loved by many.
Graveside services will be held 10 a.m. Thursday at Coastal Carolina State Veterans Cemetery with military honors by the United States Navy and Father Donald Baribeau officiating.
He leaves his loving memories to cherish by his daughter, Tina Koonce and her husband Cal of Jacksonville; son, Fredrick Schmidt III and his wife Jill of Kenton, Ohio; his brothers and sisters, Hank, Marge, Florence, Maryanne, Raymond, Ed and Johnny; five grandchildren, Jennifer, Will, Adam, Jacob and Brad; and seven great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Toys For Tots Foundation aboard Camp Lejuene and Toysfortots.org.
Arrangements are by Jones Funeral Home in Jacksonville.