Karl H. Schmidt born December 21, 1934, passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 23, 2020.
Karl was born in Mulheim Germany where he studied his apprenticeship for Master Plumber. At the age of 20, he came to the United States and started a new life in Delaware. Karl became a US citizen and proudly served in the US Army.
Karl started his career working for County Plumbing & Heating for 18 years and then a Self-Employed Master Plumber and Heating Contractor for the next 35 years until his semi-retirement at the age of 73. Karl continued to practice his trade for a few more years for family and close customers.
Karl was a long time honorary member of the Delaware Saengerbund and served as President from 1977-1978. He was one of the original members who were instrumental in the construction of the Delaware Saengerbund location in Newark, DE 53 years ago.
Karl played soccer from an early age in Germany and continued his love of the sport in the US playing for the Delaware Saengerbund Kickers as well as coaching. Karl was an outdoor enthusiast who loved hunting, fishing and family camping trips. He was an avid gardener, beekeeper, raised chickens and geese. He loved to bake and more recently loved his Hallmark movies. He loved spending time with his family and especially his grandchildren, who fondly called him Opi; and all the many annual apple and peach picking family outings.
He was preceded in death by his Mother Anna Schoof Schmidt who died in 1938 and his Father and Step-Mother, Bernard and Franziska Schmidt.
Karl is survived by his beloved wife of 61 years, Frances Anne Schmidt (Noell); his children Anna Mroz (Frank); Martha Cahill (Steve), Amy Muller (Bubba), Peter Schmidt (Kathy); his grandchildren Karly, Connor, Nicholas, John-Michael, Erinn and Olivia; and his step-grandchildren Emily, Jacob, Lucas, Cammeron, and Minnie; along with his brother Wolfgang Schmidt (Helga). He also leaves behind his beloved dog and cat, Keira and Mr. Darcy.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, July 30th at Daniels & Hutchison Funeral Home, 212 N. Broad St., Middletown, DE 19709. Visitation will be from 11 am – 12 pm. Service will begin at Noon. Graveside service with military honors will be private.
In Lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105