OBITUARY

Lester Leon Schmidt

August 8, 1937January 27, 2017
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A true outdoorsman who loved hunting, fishing, gardening and snow and water skiing best describes the life of Lester Leon Schmidt, 79 who passed away on Friday, January 27, 2017. He was born August 8, 1937 in Turon, KS to the late William and Ruth (Fanning) Schmidt. Les retired after 45 years with United Airlines (formerly Capital Airlines). He was married to his beloved wife Alice for 58 years. Les was a coin collector and an avid Panther fan. He and Alice bought two PSL’s and used them regularly throughout the football season. Les was very active at Christ United Methodist Church and received the Laity Service Award in 2010. He was affectionately known by his grandchildren as “GP”. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Alice of Gastonia; three sons, Mitch Schmidt and wife, Luanne of Ft. Mill, SC, Scott Schmidt and wife, Wendy of Gastonia, NC and Andy Schmidt and companion Nichole Costner of Gastonia, NC; six grandchildren, Alex Schmidt and wife, Taraneh, Lauren Schmidt, Jarrett Schmidt, John Michael Schmidt, Virginia Schmidt and Noah Schmidt; brother, Jess Schmidt and wife, June of Swannanoa, NC; three other sister-in-law’s and several nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Les’s life will be held at 2:00 PM, Tuesday, January 31, 2017 at Christ United Methodist Church in Gastonia. Reverend Matt Morris will preside. Inurnment will be held at a later date at Evergreen Cemetery in Belmont.

The family will receive friends from 1:00 PM-2:00 PM prior to the service at the church.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Gaston County, P.O. Box 3984, Gastonia, NC 28054, Christ United Methodist Church, 3415 Union Road, Gastonia, NC 28056 or Alzheimer’s Disease Research, 22512 Gateway Center Drive, Clarksburg, MD 20871.

The family wishes to thank Gaston Hospice, Alexandria Place and all the caregivers who took such good care of Les.

Online condolences and fond memories may be made at: www.carothersfuneralhomegastonia.com;

Carothers Funeral Home at Gaston Memorial Park is honored to serve the Schmidt family.

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, January 31, 2017
  • Memorial Service Tuesday, January 31, 2017

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D W

February 4, 2017

So sorry for the loss of your dear husband and friend may the God of all comfort give you comfort and peace during this difficult time.

January 30, 2017

A wonderful video of a great guy and the family that he and Alice built. Rest in peace Les -- we'll miss you! Peggy & Paul Murphy

Lydia Brown

January 30, 2017

I am so sorry to hear of the loss of Les. He was such a kind and sweet man. Sending my love, thoughts and prayers to you all.

Ken Eller

January 30, 2017

Alice, Mitch, Scott, and Andy
I was so sorry to hear of the death of Les. He was a great member of Bethesda Church and a very good neighbor and friend. May God bless and keep you in His love and care.

Bonnie Stowe

January 30, 2017

Mitch and family please accept my sincere condolences for the loss of your father,husband grandfather, and to all the family your loved one... I hope you find great memories in a life well lived... sending much love and many prayers... Bonnie the sister of David Stowe...

January 29, 2017

To: Mrs Alice and Family,
Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you as you walk through this season of bereavement. It was an honor and priviledge to serve such a wonderful family. God's Peace and Love be with you.
Anita S. Harvin, M.Div. Chaplain
Gaston Hospice

January 29, 2017

Our deepest sympathy,
Jerry & Paulette Elmore

January 29, 2017

Dear Alice and family
Pat and I express our deepest sympathty. Les was a very dear friend. He was devoted to his church and family. Was a kind, gentle Christian and humorous man. We will always remember his "battles" with the squirrels.
Pat and Donald Bickel

January 29, 2017

Alice and Family
I will miss my very favorite United Airlines agent..You both were wonderful Kansas friends and always wonderful to Danny and me. Our group will never be the same
Judy Graves

Becky and Seth Kaufman

January 29, 2017

Dear Alice and family, We are so sorry to hear about your loss. He was a sweet man and I know he will missed by many. May happy memories ease your sorrow now and in the coming days.

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