MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Francis "Frank" Schmitt, 90, formerly of Johnsburg, died Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012, at Methodist Hospice Residence in Memphis.|
He was born May 20, 1922, in Oak Park, to Anton and Katherine (Lay) Schmitt.
Frank graduated from McHenry High School in 1940 and on Jan. 15, 1944, he married Laura Denman, his high school sweetheart.
Frank lived on the farm adjacent to Chapel Hill Golf Course in Johnsburg until moving to Fox Lake in 2003.
Frank and Laura spent the winters in Sebring, Fla., for the past 18 years.
During his years as a dairy farmer, Frank served as a volunteer firefighter and was honored last year for his service.
Over the years, he donated his time and talents serving on the Winner's Circle committee for St. John's Church and as an usher for many years.
In addition, he was a lifelong member and served as an officer in the local court 96 of the Catholic Order of Foresters and the Johnsburg Community Club.
He also served on the McHenry State Bank board of directors and on the jury commission for McHenry County.
Frank was an avid golfer and spent many hours on the course, rain or shine.
He always felt there was time for one more hole before any storm would get too bad to continue. Passionate about the game until the end, he was sure he could out putt his family, friends and foes.
Frank is survived by his three sons, Robert (Suzanne Gerasch), Duane and Edward (Therese Ondrusek); three grandsons, Carl (Maggie), Keith (Emma) and Mark; and one great-granddaughter, Isabel.
He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant sister, Kathleen; and daughter-in-law, Karin Charvat Schmitt.
The visitation will be from 3:30 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16, at Hamsher Funeral Home in Fox Lake, with a funeral Mass celebration at 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 17, at St. John the Baptist Church in Johnsburg.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Methodist Hospice Residence, 6400 Quince Road, Memphis, TN 38119, or the hospice of the donor's choice.
For information, call 847-587-2100 or visit www.kkhamsherfuneralhome.com.
Published in the Northwest Herald on Sept. 14, 2012