STILLWATER - William "Bill" E. Schmidt Jr., 69, of Stillwater, passed away May 10, 2013, at Newton Medical Center following a brief illness.
Bill was born Sept. 14, 1943, in Orange and lived in Morris County before settling in Stillwater. He joined the United States Marine Corps
in 1964 and served in the Dominican Republic and a tour in Vietnam, where his actions earned him the following awards and decorations, the most notable being the Bronze Star
with Combat "V," as well as a Combat Action Ribbon, Presidential Unit Citation with one bronze star, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Dominican Republic), Vietnam Service Medal with two bronze stars, Republic of Vietnam Meritorius Unit Citation (Gallantry Cross Medal Color with Palm), Republic of Vietnam Meritorius Unit Citation (Civil Actions Medal 1st Class Color with Palm), Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Rifle Marksman Badge, and Pistol Sharpshooter Badge. Bill's dedication to his country and the USMC was matched only by his dedication to his family and friends.
Bill spent his career in the transportation industry, most recently with Quickrete in Mt. Olive.
He was predeceased by his father, William; mother, Ann Margaret (McHugh); and brother, Robert, and sister, Marta Badyk. Bill is survived by wife, Janice (Crider); daughter, Kristine, of Lawrenceville; two sons and their fiancees, William and Marie, Michael and Melanie, all of Stillwater; brother, Francis "FJ," of New York City; seven grandchildren; and numerous nephews and nieces.
The viewing will be today from 3 to 8 p.m. at Iliff-Ruggiero Funeral Home in Newton. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 15, at Iliff-Ruggiero Funeral Home, followed by a 2:30 p.m. chapel service and burial with military honors in Brigadier General William C. Doyle Memorial Cemetery in Wrightstown.
Arrangements are under the direction of Iliff-Ruggiero Funeral Home 156 Main St., Newton. In lieu of flowers, donations in Bill's honor may be made to the Northern New Jersey Veterans Memorial Cemetery, NNJVMC, PO Box 463, Vernon, N.J. 07462 (www.vva1002.org
), an endeavor about which Bill was passionate. Online condolences may be offered through www.iliff-ruggierofuneralhome.com