JACOBUS Jason Matthew Schmidt, 31, died tragically Wednesday, December 5, 2012 as the result of a water tower accident in Montgomery County. He was the loving husband of Amy Sue (Sechrist) Schmidt. He was born June 22, 1981, in Salem, N.J., the son of Renee E. Leonard of Pennsville, N.J., and the late Karl Hugo Schmidt, Jr. Jason was a professional painter and was a supervisor with Corrosion Control Corporation, Pedricktown, N.J., where he was employed for 12 years. He enjoyed motorcycles, tattoos and going to the gym. A true family man, Jason loved spending time with his wife and children. In addition to his wife and mother, Jason is survived by his children, Jason Matthew Schmidt, Jr. and Lauren Nicole Schmidt, both of Villas, N.J., Bryson Matthew Schmidt, Kaylee Sue Thomas, Dalton Christopher Moyer and MaKenna Sue Updegraff, all of Jacobus; mother-in-law, Tammy Shilke and her husband David of Dallastown; father-in-law, Jeff Sechrist of Winterstown; sister-in-laws, Melissa Sechrist and her fiance, Rockie Tice and Jessica Sechrist, both of Dallastown; brother-in-laws, Christopher Sechrist and his wife, Jessica of York, Jefre Sechrist of Austin, Texas, and Alan Thomas of Jacobus; a niece; three nephews; and his "second Mom", Sue Thomas and her husband Harold of Jacobus. Jason also is survived by his family in New Jersey, brothers, Karl Schmidt, III and Ryan Anderson both of Pennsville, N.J.; sister, Tara Schmidt of Paulsboro, N.J.; two nieces and three nephews. A service to celebrate the life of Jason Schmidt will be on Wednesday at 12 noon at Salem United Church of Christ, 24 Franklin St., Jacobus with Rev. Fred A. Walthour officiating. The family will receive friends and share memories on Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Austin H. Eberly Funeral Home, 104 W. Main St., Dallastown and again on Wednesday from 11 a.m. until the time of the service at the church. Burial will be at the convenience of the family. Contributions in memory of Jason Schmidt can be made to a trust fund for his children that will be established at the Jacobus Branch of Peoples Bank, 1 N. Main St., Jacobus, PA 17407. To share memories of Jason Schmidt and to view a video tribute, please visit www.eberlyfuneralhome.com
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Published in York Daily Record & York Dispatch on Dec. 9, 2012