Howard H. Schmidt
Howard H. Schmidt, 90, Wittenberg, a former teacher at
Sacred Heart School in Polonia, died Monday, April 11, 2016, at Ministry St.
Clare’s Hospital in Weston.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April
16, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Wittenberg, with the Rev. Michael Larson officiating.
Military rites will be conducted by the American Legion immediately following
the service. Interment will be held at a later date at the Northern Wisconsin
Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Spooner.
Visitation will be at the church from 9 a.m. Saturday until
The family requests memorials to the Never Forgotten Honor
Flight in his name.
Schmidt-Schulta Funeral Home in Wittenberg assisted with
arrangements. Condolences may be offered online at www.schmidtschulta.com.
Mr. Schmidt was born May 12, 1925, in Edgar, a son of the
late Rev. Karl and Laura (Junge) Schmidt. He attended grades one through eight
in Strasbourg, Saskatchewan, Canada, and then moved to Merrill in 1939.
He was drafted into the U.S. Army in
1944. He served in Germany during World War II in the Glider Infantry, which
was part of the 1st Allied Airborne Army that crossed the Rhine River near
Wessel. He was awarded Glider Wings, Combat Infantry Badge and the Bronze Star.
He was discharged in 1946.
Upon discharge, he returned to graduate from high school in
He then served in the Navy Reserve from 1947 to 1951.
He was married to Lola Voigt Sept. 7, 1952, in Hamburg.
He then enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and served in the
Weather Service in the United States, Greenland, Germany and Korea. He retired
from the Air Force after 23 years of service.
Mr. Schmidt graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens
Point in 1975 and taught fourth and fifth grades at Sacred Heart School in
Polonia for 11 years.
He was active in the Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Wittenberg
Lions. He was also a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Wittenberg, serving
as past congregation president, the Bloecher-Johnson American Legion Post 502
in Wittenberg and the Elderon Memorial Post 8068 Veterans of Foreign Wars.
He participated in the Never Forgotten Honor flight and was
also presented with the Quilt of Honor from the Quilts of Valor Foundation.
Survivors include his wife, Lola, Wittenberg; three children,
Steven H. Schmidt, Elderon, Carla (Jesse) Hanke, Wittenberg, and Timothy J.
Schmidt, Tigerton; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by two sisters, Ruth Schmidt and
Mae Muschinske; and one brother, Roger Schmidt.