Herbert J. Schmidt

TROY - Herbert J. Schmidt, 86, of Troy, passed away Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013. He was preceded in death by his parents, Herbert T. and Lenora (Lump) Schmidt.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Rhoda (Carroll) Schmidt; a daughter, Robin Pearson of Louisville, Ky.; a son, Timothy Schmidt of Dayton; a sister, Jean (Des) Wolfe of Troy, a brother, Jack (Terri) Schmidt of Aurora; and two granddaughters, Gillian Gabriel of Champaign, Ill. and Danielle Gabriel of Beavercreek.
Herb was a 1944 graduate of Troy High School and a 1951 graduate of The Ohio State University. He was a captain in the U.S. Army, serving during World War II and the Korean Conflict. He was an electrical engineer with Wright-Patterson Air Force Base - Civil Service and was a contributing designer for the development of the first Global Positioning System (GPS).
Herb was lifetime member of First Lutheran Church, Troy. He was Past Worshipful Master of Franklin Lodge 14 F & AM, Past Illustrious Master of Franklin Council 14 R & SM, Past High Priest of Franklin Chapter 24, Past Commander of Coleman Commandery 17, a Knight of the York Cross of Honour Ohio Priory 18, a member of Antioch Shrine, a member of Order of Eastern Star Chapter 256, Past Royal Patron of Amaranth Miami Valley Court 53, a Dad Advisor of Bob Otey Chapter Order of DeMolay, a member of the Advisory Council for Order of Rainbow for Girls Troy Assembly 72, and a member of VFW Post 5436.
Friends may call from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, at Baird Funeral Home, Troy, with Masonic service to be held at 7 p.m. Memorial services will be held at 10:30 a.m.Thursday, at the funeral home with Pastor Jon Schriber officiating.
In lieu of flowers the family asks that contributions be made to Hospice of Miami County, P.O. Box 502, Troy, OH 45373 or Alzheimer's Association, Miami Valley Chapter, 3797 Summit Glen Drive, Suite G-100, Dayton, OH 45449.
Friends may express condolences to the family through www.bairdfuneralhome.com.

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Published in Piqua Daily Call on Feb. 22, 2013