Schmidt, Ralph

Written by David Green.

Ralph Schmidt, 84, of Wauseon, Ohio, died Saturday, June 25, 2011, at the Defiance Inpatient Hospice Center near Defiance, Ohio, after a long battle with cancer.

He was born Feb. 2, 1927, in Monroe, Mich., the son of Edward and Nanine (Siler) Schmidt. On May 10, 1959, in Morenci, he married Nancy Marshall and she survives.

Ralph has lived in Wauseon for the past seven years after moving from Morenci.  He was formerly employed at Ramus Auto Parts in Adrian, retiring in 1998, after 34 years of service. He formerly managed the Lenawee and Sky Drive-in in Adrian and the Skyline Drive-in in Morenci.  Ralph’s favorite hobbies were model trains and riding trains, watching westerns and camping.

In addition to his wife, Ralph is survived by three daughters, Pamela (and John) Kellogg of Spring Lake, Mich., Diana St. Amant of Wyoming, Mich., and Teresa (and Ron) Eller of Morenci; two sons, Dale (and Amy) Schmidt of Waldron, Mich., and Richard (and Cindy) Schmidt of Pittsford, Mich.; 13 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Maxine (and Tom) Flanagan of Buchanan, Mich., and Rebecca (and Jack) Dunny of Pinckney, Mich.; and one brother, Ernest (and Nancy) Cox of Kalamazoo, Mich.

Ralph was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Linda, in infancy; a grandson, Justin Schmidt; two sisters, Shirley Isaacson and Julia Borton; and one brother, Winston Cox.

Funeral services are planned at 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 29, at the Eagle Funeral Home-Charles Fink Chapel in Morenci, with Rev. William VanValkenburg officiating.  Burial will follow at the Porter-Packard Cemetery near Seneca, Mich.  Visitation is scheduled from 2 to 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the family or to the Defiance Inpatient Hospice Center.

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