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Obits > 1988 - Harold "Bill" Schmitt

Submitted by Melva L. Taylor

The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois
December 27, 1988 - Tuesday, pg A2
Largo, Fla: - Harold "Bill" Schmitt, 71, 41 Thatch Palm West, formerly of Tampico, died Saturday at the Palm Gardens Nursing Home in Largo, Florida.
Services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Garland Funeral Home in Tampico with the Rev. Roger Larsen, pastor of the Community Church of Christ, Rock Falls, officiating.  Burial will be in the Tampico Memorial Cemetery  with full military rites accorded by the Tampico American Legion Post #574.
Visitation will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
A memorial has been established to the American Cancer Fund.
He was born November 9, 1917 in Tampico, the son of Joseph Edward and Esther A. Parent Schmitt.  He married Jeanne Longfellow, September 2, 1949 at Camp Breckenridge, Henderson, Kentucky.  Mr. Schmitt was a 1935 graduate of Tampico High School.  He managed the Farm Bureau service station in Tampico until he entered the Army in 1942 where he served overseas for one year, and received the Combat Infantryman Badge, Bronze Star, and the ETO ribbon with three Battle Stars.  He was discharged at the rank of sergeant and was a patrolman for the Illinois State Police for seven months, resigning to attend Worsham College of Mortuary Science in Chicago. After graduation in June of 1947, he was employed by Parent Funeral Chapel in Tampico until January of 1961.  He then bought the business and operated it as Schmitt Funeral Chapel until 1977.  Mr. Schmitt was a member of the Tampico Church of Christ, Tampico American Legion P Post #574 and was past Master of Yorktown Masonic Lodge #655 AF & AM.
He is survived by his wife, one daughter Mrs. Michael (Lorinda Ann) Stout of Copperas Cove, Texas; two sons John Mac of Eldredge, Iowa and Joseph Earl of Rock Falls, and three grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents.

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