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William Schmidt

Peoria William G Schmidt passed away March 24, 2018 three weeks shy of his 102nd birthday. He was preceded in death by Jeannette, his loving wife of over 60 years and his first born grandson Birch Spencer. Bill was born in Chicago and grew up in Park Ridge, Illinois with his two brothers Alfred and Paul, also deceased. He graduated from Northwestern University in 1938 with an honors degree in Economics and a commission as Ensign in the US Naval Reserves. Bill began his career in insurance work after graduation but was called to active duty in March of 1941 and served for five years in both the Atlantic and the Pacific. During those years he became a Commander and served on three ships and was captain of the USS Goss and the USS Day. He was in Tokyo Bay on Surrender Day, and continued to serve in the Reserves for 20 years. He returned to his insurance career in 1946 and ultimately became a Life member of the Million Dollar Round Table. Bill and Jeannette raised their three children Barbara Schmidt, Beverly Ricketts and William James in Park Ridge, Illinois. Always active in Scouts as a boy he became a Scoutmaster and later an Explorer Advisor and was an active church member. His love of travel took him and Jeannette all over the world, but he never got to Australia which he had hoped to see. In 1985 he retired with Jeannette to Sun City, Arizona and became an active golfer along with many other activities. In 1996 they moved into Sierra Winds Retirement Community where he finished out his very active career. In addition to his three children he is survived by his three grandchildren, Laurie Spencer, Lena Phoenix (Steven Sashen) and Tracie Stearns (Michael). He also leaves four great grandchildren, Winter Spencer, Meadow Spencer, Ethan Stearns and Sophia Stearns and two great-great grandchildren, Shea Young and Jade Young. Family Services will take place in Green Mountain Falls, Colorado later this Spring where he will join his beloved Jeannette up on the Rampart Range where they rode horses on their honeymoon. Any donations may be made to Sierra Winds Charitable Foundation or .
Published in The Arizona Republic on Apr. 15, 2018
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