Michael Robert "Beba" Schmid, 78, of Independence, Va., passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2012, at the Alleghany Memorial Hospital in Sparta, N.C.
He was born on May 18, 1934, in Geneva, Switzerland, to the late Robert Schmid and Hilda Aurora Forskerg.
He was a retired chemical engineer and most recently a self-employed tax preparer.
Survivors include his wife, Mary C. Schmid of the home; two daughters, Elizabeth Schmid and Susan and Gary Mitchell of Independence, Va.; one son, Robert Glenn Schmid and fiancee' Erin Lucas of Miami, Fla.; three grandchildren, Zachary Michael Schmid, Lucas Cox Mitchell and Mary Emelin Mitchell; step-mother, Madine Holcomb Schmid; brother and spouse, Max and Annemarie Schmidt of New York, N.Y.; two sisters and spouse, Lynette and Per Courtney of Green Bend, Vt., and Carol Schminke of Hardwick, Vt.
Funeral service was held at 3 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 21, 2012, at the Bridle Creek United Methodist Church, Indpendence, Va., with the Rev. Faith Ramer officiating. Interment was in Bridle Creek Cemetery. The family received friends at the church one hour preceding the funeral service.
In lieu of flowers, the family sincerely requests memorial contributions to Grayson County Back Pack Ministry, c/o Linda Boyer, 1048 Riding Trail Road, Independence, Va. 24348 or First UMC Lamb's Table, P. O. Box 219, Independence, Va. 24348 or Bridle Creek UMC, 15 Bridle Creek Road, Independence, Va. 24348
Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home, Independence, Va., was in charge of arrangements.