Walter S. Schmitz

December 4, 1930June 16, 2014
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Springfield, IL-Walter S. Schmitz, 83, of Springfield, passed away Monday June 16, 2014 at Memorial Medical Center.

Walt was born December 4, 1930 in Joliet, IL, the son of Walter and Mildred Grendheim Schmitz. His parents, his step-father Moxie Crews of Naples, his brother Gerald (Beulah) Schmitz of Meridosia and his sister Evelyn (Tony) Sitar of Joliet preceded him in death.

He married Doris Ellerman on June 12, 1955 at the Trinity Lutheran Church, Rural Bluffs, IL by the late Rev. John Deterding. Walt was a longtime member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church where he served as an usher for more than 50 years. He was a volunteer at the Grace Food Pantry.

He was an avid walker and could often be seen walking the streets of Jerome. He retired in 1994 from Growmark Inc. after many years of service.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Doris; his two sons: Steve (Marilyn) Schmitz of Springfield and Mike (LuAnn) Schmitz of Rochester; three grandsons: Hunter and Austin Schmitz of Springfield and Allen Schmitz of Rochester. There are numerous nieces’ nephews and cousins.

Arrangements are under the direction of Bisch Funeral Home West 2931 S. Koke Mill Rd. where the family will receive friends from 5-7 pm Wednesday June 18, 2014. Additional visitation will be from 9:30 am Thursday June 19, 2014 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church 2645 Old Jacksonville Rd. until time of funeral services there at 10:30 am Thursday. Rev’s Daniel Eggold and Joshua Traxel officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Ridge Cemetery.

Those who wish may direct memorial contributions in his memory to Our Savior’s Lutheran Church and School 2645 Old Jacksonville Rd. Springfield, IL 62704

Please visit the online “Life Remembered Story” at where tributes and condolences may be left for the family.


  • Visitation Wednesday, June 18, 2014
  • Visitation Thursday, June 19, 2014
  • Funeral Service Thursday, June 19, 2014

Walter S. Schmitz

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June 23, 2014

Dear Doris, We were very sorry to read of Walt's death. You and your family will be in our prayers.
Jeanette & Jim Kallmeyer

Glenn Morrow

June 21, 2014

Glenn worked with Walt at Skelgas and he was hardworking & pleasant to be around. I know he will be missed, our sympathy to your family. Glenn & June Morrow

June 20, 2014

"Doris, so sorry for your loss. Will never forget all the wonderful things Walt and you did for Floyd and Dolores. Prayers for you and your family."

Ben & Norma Wagens

June 19, 2014

So sorry for your loss, Doris. We fondly remember running into you and Walt at Bob Evans on many Sunday mornings. He will suely be missed.

Lloyd & Shirley Smith

June 19, 2014

Our hearts are sad for the lost of a wonderful person & co--worker. Lloyd worked many years with Walt at Growmark (FS). Any time you needed a helping hand Walt was always there. His smile & good nature will be sadly missed. May God be with you all. You are in our thoughts & Prayers. Wish we were able to attend the services but not able.

June 19, 2014

Dear Doris,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family! May God Bless you!

June 19, 2014

I sure did enjoy visiting with Walt and his wife at MCL Cafeteria. Chatting about our days at FS. Our condolences at your loss.

Duane and Sue Goyen

Barbara Howard

June 19, 2014 sorry to hear of the loss of your husband. My prayers are with you and your family. Our God will be with you as you walk this journey.

June 18, 2014

Our condolences on Walt's death, Doris.Recall your friendship with my mother when she lived on Homewood. Also, your continuing care and friendship to Darlene Massa and Diane and Dave,Jr. God Bless You.

Dave and Nancy Wagner

Hunter and Austin

June 18, 2014


You left a lasting impression on everyone you met. You were one to put others first and not want any attention or special treatment for your hard work. We both strive to be the man you were!