OBITUARY

Larry Edward Schmidt

October 15, 1959November 15, 2020
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Larry Edward Schmidt, beloved husband, brother, and friend, passed away after a long and courageous battle against pancreatic cancer on November 15, 2020. Larry was born in San Antonio, TX on October 15, 1959 to Marjorie (Zuehl) and Edward Schmidt. To all that knew him, Larry will always be known for his silly grin, great sense of humor and his devotion to family and friends.

Larry was a natural born leader. He attended officer’s training school for the US Marine Corp in Quantico, VA. He was one of the founders and president of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity at University of Texas San Antonio. He went on to become President of UTSA Alumni Association. Graduating with Bachelors, he had a long and successful career in the Surety Bond business. Most recently, Larry proudly served the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo as Vice Chairman of the Armed Forces Appreciation Committee and Captain on Winery Relations Committee, where he was the Texas Winery Liaison.

Larry enjoyed traveling with friends and family to Europe, the Caribbean, to ski in Colorado and explore Civil War battlefields. Hobbies include a passion for Civil War history and collecting period swords. His love of motorcycles and antique cars began at very early age. Larry enjoyed good food, a good wine, single malt scotch and a cigar.

Larry is survived by Diane, his loving wife of 34 years; his brother Robert Schmidt of San Antonio, niece Sarah Schmidt of Dallas and many beloved family members.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations for a scholarship to be established in his name for children of veterans and active military. Contact Diane Schmidt at D_schmidt@pdq.net for further information.

“You will be forever in our hearts ‘til we meet again at Jesus’ feet.”

A celebration of life for Larry will be held Friday, December 4, 2020 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM at American Heritage Funeral Home, 10710 Veterans Memorial Drive, Houston, TX 77038, followed by a reception from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.AmericanHeritageFuneralHome.com for the Schmidt family.

Services

LIVESTREAM SERVICE
4 December

Celebration of Life

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

American Heritage Funeral Home

10710 Veterans Memorial Drive
Houston, TX 77038

All Guest Must Wear Face Masks and Practice Social Distancing
4 December

Reception

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

American Heritage Funeral Home

10710 Veterans Memorial Drive
Houston, TX 77038

All Guest Must Wear Face Masks and Practice Social Distancing

Memories

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Diane Heinricks

December 4, 2020

Diane, the service today was lovely, the stories were funny and loving from your dear friends. I’m so very grateful to have met and volunteered with you and Larry for so many years at the Wine Garden. And yes Larry’s smile and laugh was infectious. 🥰

Love and Prayers

Diane

Jeanne Shirey-Lord

November 30, 2020

Diane,

I am so glad that I had the privilege of getting to know both you and Larry while we worked together on the Rodeo Houston Wine Committees. May God’s love be a comfort to you.

Roxanne Langley

November 27, 2020

A toast and raised glass of wine to you my friend. So many years of you and Diane’s friendship is my treasure. Rest In Peace and thank you for a beautiful legacy and life well lived good and faithful son!

Stephanie Ponce

November 27, 2020

I was fortunate to be asked to join my brother and his wife on a vacation over 10 years ago. Through this group, I was introduced to Larry and Diane. We just love them. He was a fun guy to be around. I will always remember them coming to dinner after a day in the sun with his Scotch that be bought at Duty free for our trips. This last January while we were in Antigua, he had shared with us about his cancer. My heart hurt. Fast forward to a few weeks ago and I was told it was worse, my heart sank... We lost a great person. I will truly miss him and I know he's in a better place.

Barry Smotherman

November 27, 2020

I was lucky enough to meet Larry a couple of years ago through the Livestock Show and Rodeo winery relations committee. I think we both felt an immediate connection and respect for one another. My real regret is that I did not meet him and Diane much sooner and have more time to spend with them. I have had the privilege of having their feet under my table for a wine dinner and wish we had shared many more. So thankful to have know him. A truly very special man.
He and Diane were also great ambassadors for Texas wine makers and brought many double gold winners to our competition.

Michelle Dilday

November 27, 2020

Larry was such a great mentor and friend on the Armed Forces Appreciation Committee. He was always smiling and had such an charismatic attitude that you had to smile too. I'll forever be thankful that he was part of my rodeo family.

Carol Sawyer

November 23, 2020

We had the honor of knowing Larry and serving together on the Armed Forces Committee and also the Winery Relations Committee. Larry was the consummate volunteer and gentleman. We will remember his warmth, his leadership and humility.
We are grateful to have known him.
Our hearts are with beautiful Diane.
He will be missed.
Carol and Tom

Rachelle Balicki

November 23, 2020

Diane, may you find comfort knowing there is one more Angel in Heaven. From reading about Larry, he was an amazing person and lived a great life. He touched many lives and including my daughter’s life. You see I had never got the privilege to meet such a wonderful person, someone that brought a smile to my daughters face every day she saw him at work. I did get the privilege to pray for him every day and especially when she didn't see him in the office. May God bless you as He did my daughter. I pray that God will cause his face to shine upon you and wipe those tears from your eyes.

Cheryl Colson

November 23, 2020

I'll always remember Larry smiling and telling me something that I didn't know! He always knew something about everything and that impressed me so much! Diane and Larry will always be remembered riding the motorcyle and having a great time wherever they went! It won't be the same without his optimistic viewpoint in this world.

Dan Burton

November 23, 2020

God bless you, Larry. I will raise a glass in your honor tonight...

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