Raymond L. Schmidt(1928 - 2013)

Raymond Schmidt

Raymond L. Schmidt, 84, of Belleville, Ill., born Nov. 9, 1928, in Napa, Calif., died Thursday, July 25, 2013, at Memorial Hospital, Belleville, Ill.

Mr. Schmidt was a United States Air Force veteran who served 24 years before his retirement as a senior master sergeant. After his retirement from the Air Force, he owned and operated Schmidt Audio Visual from 1973 to the present time. He was an audio visual specialist, known as "The Light Man".

He was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Maria M., nee Oswald, Schmidt, whom he married on Dec. 15, 1951, and who died Oct. 12, 2012; his parents, Louis L. and Elizabeth Rose, nee Smith, Schmidt; his foster parents, James and Edith, nee Huesner, Legan; and two brothers, Ralph and Tommy Legan.

Surviving are a stepdaughter, Ingrid Regler of Munich, Germany; a step-granddaughter, Birgit Regler of Munich, Germany; two nephews, Hort Taschner of Stuttgart, Germany, and Michael Oswald of Germany; a niece, Analiese Sparks of Portugal; cousins, Lisa Peck of El Paso, Texas, Michael Peck of Phoenix, Ariz., Patricia Peck of of Westminster, Colo., and Guenther Liebers of Munich, Germany; and special friends, Mark and Denise Juen of Belleville, Ill.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.

Visitation: Friends may call from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 31, 2013, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, Ill.

Funeral: Burial with military honors will be held at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 31, 2013, at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, Mo.


Published in Belleville News-Democrat on July 28, 2013