Walter Schmidt, 63, of Tallahassee, Florida, passed away peacefully on March 29, 2014 in the arms of his loving family after a long and courageous battle with multiple myeloma and kidney failure. He was born in Philadelphia and moved to Melbourne, Florida to attend Florida Institute of Technology where he met his devoted wife of forty-one years, Cheryl.He earned his bachelor's degree at the University of South Florida and both a master's and Ph.D. in Geology at Florida State University. He retired from the Geological Survey as the Director and State Geologist of Florida after 34 years of dedicated service. Walt was an incredible husband and father, a warm and caring person with an unassuming manner and a dry sense of humor.He enjoyed spending time with family camping and being at the beach. Walt was an avid sports fan, supporting the Florida State Seminoles.
Walt is survived by his wife Cheryl and his loving children Amber and David (Natalie) as well as his sister Marie Crowthers. He was preceded in death by his father, Waldemar Eugene Schmidt and his mother Elizabeth Stover Schmidt. He will be greatly missed by everyone who knew him.
A celebration of life service will be held Saturday, April 5th at 1:00 pm at Culley's MeadowWood Funeral Home on Riggins Road. A reception will follow the service at Culley's.
In lieu of flowers, please send contributions in honor of Walter Schmidt to: International Myeloma Foundation, 12650 Riverside Drive, Suite 206, North Hollywood, CA 91607-3421
Published in Tallahassee Democrat from Apr. 2 to Apr. 4, 2014