OBITUARY

John Brian Schmidt

April 29, 1950January 3, 2019
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John Brian Schmidt, 68, of Abilene, passed away on Thursday, January 3, 2019. A memorial service will be held at 4pm on Sunday, January 6, 2019 at Pioneer Drive Baptist Church. John was born on April 29, 1950 to E.G. and Dorothy Schmidt in Waynoka, Oklahoma. The family soon moved to Shawnee, Kansas where he grew up, and was one of the original signatories to the Treaty of Shawnee. John graduated from Shawnee Mission North High School and Pittsburg State University. After moving to Houston, Texas, he met the love of his life in Susie Murray. John and Susie built a life and raised a family in Klein, Texas, before retiring and moving to Abilene. He was a member of Pioneer Drive Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his parents. John is survived by his wife, Susie Schmidt; son, Timothy Schmidt and wife Crystal; daughter, Catherine Pierce and husband Patrick; granddaughter, Carson Pierce; and brothers, Dale and Jerry Schmidt. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Hendrick Medical Center Foundation.

Services

  • Memorial Service Sunday, January 6, 2019
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Scott Lane

January 8, 2019

Susie,

John (and you) are like family to us. Dad looked at John almost like a son. He will definitely be missed.

I am so glad we were able to get together before you moved to Abilene.

You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

With Love,

Scott and Karen Lane

Walter and Carla Lindsey

January 6, 2019

Susie, Timothy, Crystal, Catherine, Patrick, Carson,Dale, Glenda, and Jerry, and to all who knew and loved John

Carla and I spent the last few days trying to convince ourselves that the news of John's passing can possibly be true. A common expression among our friends when describing John has always been "bigger than life." I have been trying to remember if I have any memory of any time when I was with John and was not having the time of my life. Every day I ever spent with John I walked a little taller, forgot all my troubles, and when I wasn't smiling I was laughing. They didn't just break the mold when they made John. They smashed it, ground it up in little pieces and destroyed the blueprint. I am not sure of many things but I know that many lives are much less colorful than they were a week ago. He was my friend through many changes in my life and I know I will call on my memories of his support and friendship for the rest of my life. I am proud to say John Schmidt was my friend.

We know this is a terrible time for all of you but together you will find peace and comfort in your memories of John.

Walter and Carla Lindsey

Timothy Schmidt

January 5, 2019

Mark Ibenthal

January 4, 2019

Susie,

It was startling to just a few minutes ago hear of John's passing. He was one of a kind and will be greatly missed. You two are very fortunate to have found one another, he was the pepper shaker to your salt.

Early this morning on my way into work I was reflecting on something John and I had discussed long ago. The discussion ended with what was then a favorite slogan, "it's all good". This was usually in reference to something that was not. People are removed by time and distance but are always carried with us. I don't belive I will ever forget all of the good times!

My sincerest condolences. Love, Mark & Donna Ibenthal

John & Karen Kohli

January 4, 2019

John & Karen Kohli

January 4, 2019

So many years of friendship and so many good times and special memories. We are going to miss you dearly Schmidty.

Sharon Paul

January 4, 2019

John and Susie have been great friends over the years.

They are both gracious and kind people.

My favorite memories of John are everything from frying a turkey at Thanksgiving to acting like a big brother when I brought a man firiend over one evening.

It was a joy to watch him interact with his children and see their special bond as well as see the loving relationship between John and his beautiful wife, Susie.

Your humor, generosity toward others, and friendship will be missed but Heaven will be grateful for your presence.

God’s love, peace, and blessings to you all.

Much Love,
Sharon Paul

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