John M. Schmidt

John M. Schmidt

John M. Schmidt, 82, Carthage, passed away Wednesday, April 3, 2013, at his residence, after a long battle with Alzheimers 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 Army, he served during the Korean Conflict. He graduated from Southport High School, and 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, Poseidon and Trident Missile programs. He was a member of the Seventh Day Adventists Church, and the Central Indiana Bicycling Association.

He leaves to cherish his memory , his wife, Penelope Alexander Schmidt of Carthage; two daughters, Anita Jackson of Indianapolis and Valerie (Tom) O’Laughlin of New Carlisle; six sons, Kevin (Janeice) Schmidt of Anderson, Eric (Pam) Schmidt of Danville, Brian Schmidt of Indianapolis, Marvin (Hiromi) Schmidt of Sammamish, Wash., Rodney (Jena) Schmidt of Knightstown, Gordon Schmidt of Indianapolis; 14 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; two step children, Joshua (Kim) Bousum of Kokomo, and Misty (Ron) Booher of Noblesville; and six step grandchildren.

John was preceded in death by his parents; and his brother, Hubert Schmidt.

Friends may call from 1 – 3 p.m., Sunday, April 7, 2013, at Hinsey-Brown Funeral Service, Knightstown Chapel, with the Funeral Service immediately following at 3 p.m.  Richard Byrd will be officiating, and Military rites will be conducted by the Knightstown American Legion Post #152. Burial will follow at Glen Cove Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Indiana University Department of Medical and Molecular Genetics, 975 W Walnut Street, Suite IB 130, Indianapolis, IN, 46202.

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