East Peoria - Albert C. Schmitt, 89, a lifelong resident of East Peoria, died at 6:27 a.m. Thursday, June 26, 2014, at Snyder Village in Metamora, Ill.
Born on Oct. 6, 1924, in East Peoria to Carl and Elizabeth Hulse Schmitt, he married P. Lucille Orth on April 10, 1948, in Washington, Ill. She preceded him in death on Aug. 22, 1996, in Peoria, Ill.
Surviving are one daughter, Katie (Ken) Ayers of East Peoria, Ill.; two granddaughters, Betsy and Kelsey Ayers; one brother, Carl "Bud" Schmitt of East Peoria; one sister, Francis "Sis" (Ray) Geier of East Peoria; his sister-in-law, Mary (Jim) Hietter of Washington, Ill.; and Marti (Jerry) Schmitt and Darrell (Jackie) Higdon, whom Al considered family.
He was preceded in death by one son, Kevin Schmitt, on Aug. 27, 2003.
Al was a U.S. Army veteran where he served 26 months in the South Pacific on the 640 Tank Destroyer BN during World War II. He was a 70-year member of the East Peoria VFW Post 2078, serving as their commander from 1952 to 1953.
An active member of the community, Al served as Fondulac Township supervisor for 30 years. He also served as city treasurer for East Peoria for one year in the 1950s; on the Tazewell County Board for 13 years, serving as board chairman from 1967 to 1968; and on the East Peoria Housing Authority for five years. Al also served on the East Peoria Community High School Board of Education for six years and was an East Peoria Police and Fire Commissioner for two years. He also will be remembered as an unwavering University of Notre Dame and Chicago Cubs fan.
Al was a lifetime member of St. Monica Catholic Church in East Peoria, where he served on their building committee in the mid-1960s.
A funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 1, 2014, at St. Monica Catholic Church in East Peoria. Father Julius Turyatoranwa will officiate. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, June 30, 2014, at Deiters Funeral Home and Crematory in East Peoria, with additional visitation from 9 to 10 a.m. Tuesday at the church. Burial will be in Fondulac Cemetery in East Peoria, where military rites will be accorded by the U.S. Army.
Memorials may be made to Snyder Village in Metamora or to the Central Illinois Honor Flight.
Albert's memorial website is available at www.deitersfuneralhome.com, where condolences may also be sent to the family.