By Scott Smith
Tribune staff writer
John M. Schmidt, 82, Carthage, passed away Wednesday, April 3, 2013, at his residence, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s Disease. He was born Sept. 14, 1930, in Indianapolis, the son of Maurice J. and Elizabeth (Hubert) Schmidt.
John had lived in rural Rush County since 1963. A veteran of the U.S. Army, he served during the Korean Conflict. A graduate of Southport High School, he also earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Purdue University. John retired from Naval Avionics after 28 years of service as an electrical engineer on the Polaris, Posidon and Trident missile programs. He was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church and the Central Indiana Bicycling Association.
He leaves to cherish his memory his wife, Penelope Alexander Schmidt, Carthage; two daughters: Anita Jackson, Indianapolis, and Valerie (Tom) O’Laughlin, New Carlisle; six sons, Kevin (Janeice) Schmidt, Anderson, Eric (Pam) Schmidt, Danville, Brian Schmidt, Indianapolis, Marvin (Hiromi) Schmidt, Sammamish, Wash., Rodney (Jena) Schmidt, Knightstown, and Gordon Schmidt, Indianapolis; 14 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; two stepchildren, Joshua (Kim) Bousum, Kokomo, and Misty (Ron) Booher, Noblesville; and six stepgrandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Hubert Schmidt.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Hinsey-Brown Funeral Service Knightstown Chapel, with Richard Byrd officiating. Military rites will be conducted by the Knightstown American Legion Post 152. Burial will follow in Glen Cove Cemetery. Friends may call from 1 to 3 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Indiana University Department of Medical and Molecular Genetics, 975 W. Walnut St., Suite IB 130, Indianapolis, IN 46202. You may express a condolence or share a memory of John at www.hinsey-brown.com.
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