SWANTON/FRANKLIN — John Adam Schmidt, age 93 years, died late Tuesday evening, April 19, 2016, at the St. Albans Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in St. Albans Town.
Born in Merchantville, New Jersey on Dec. 18, 1922, he was the son of the late John A. and Juileanna (Keller) Schmidt. He faithfully served his country in the United States Navy during both World War II and Korea and was a member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary in Hudson, Florida. On July 7, 1945, he was married to the former Betty Lane who predeceased him on Dec. 31, 2011.
Mr. Schmidt learned the sheet metal trade from his father and later opened his own business, B. and J Sheet Metal in Pennsylvania, which he sold to his son, Jerry and is now being operated by his grandson, Chris. He and his wife Betty later relocated to Franklin, where they began farming for several years. While living in Franklin he also owned and operated his own school bus. Most recently and prior to his final retirement he became the director of buildings and grounds for Missisquoi Valley Union High School.
His passion was always being near or on the water. He also loved all animals and playing golf as a member of the Enosburg Country Club.
Mr. Schmidt leaves five children: Julie and Jack Bowlin of East Greenville, PA, John and Kathy Schmidt of Albia, Iowa, Jim and Debbie Schmidt of Trumbauersville, PA, Jack Schmidt of Swanton and Jennifer and Mark Bombardier of Swanton with whom he made his home; a daughter-in-law, Belinda Schmidt of Telford, PA; nine grandchildren; thirteen great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents and wife Betty, he was predeceased by a son, Jerry Schmidt in Aug. of 2015, a granddaughter, Michelle Mohrey in 2011 and several brothers and sisters.
At Mr. Schmidt’s request there will be no public calling hours.
The Liturgy of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, April 30, 2016, at 2 p.m. from The Church of the Nativity, 65 Canada St., Swanton. Father Luke P. Austin will be the celebrant and homilist. The Rite of Committal and Interment with military honors will follow in St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Cemetery.
The family will receive friends following the committal at a reception in the Nativity Parish Center.
Gifts in Mr. Schmidt’s memory may be made to the Franklin County Animal Rescue, 30 Sunset Meadows, St. Albans 05478.
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