Richard Leroy Schmidt

July 19, 1959April 24, 2020

Richard Leroy Schmidt, 60 , of Stuarts Draft, passed away on Friday, April 24, 2020 in Stuarts Draft, VA.

Richard was born In Kansas to Ralph and Sheila Schmidt on July 19, 1959. He graduated high school, completed one year at a community college, and went on to receive his associates degree from the DFC campus of Life Christian University. He worked as a help desk tech for UVA Medical Center for over a decade. After which he spent the rest of his days serving in various ministries at his church and around the community!

Richard was lead guitar in a local Christian band, Covenant for many years! He either played in the praise team at his church or ran the sound or even did media. He was never one to just sit around. He enjoyed bee keeping, watching NASCAR, cooking, playing music, driving, and studying God’s Word endlessly! He loved social media! He enjoyed many activities with his kids. Richard would do pretty much anything for anyone. Richard never knew a stranger and would talk with anyone. Richard wanted to be and was known for being an encourager!! Richard is survived by daughter, Tamra and Reid Rowan (Claire and Everett); daughter,Kayla and Mitch Holden (Henry and Virgil) all of Oklahoma; Kaleb Elijah, Josiah Richard Russell, Angel Pearl LeAnn, and Isaiah Joseph Mitchell Schmidt all of his home. His parents Ralph and Sheila Schmidt of Missouri, Richard also leaves behind his love of many years, Ida M. Marlyn.

He will forever have a special place in his heart for his caregivers and friends, Jeff and Keisha Nafzger!! A celebration of life service will be conducted at a later date. The family of Richard wishes to extend our sincere thanks to Diane, Loretta, Wendy, Murphy, Anita and everyone else at Legacy Hospice, to Breakthrough Life Center, Pastor Bubba Creedle, and our very sweet, Gail Strother! Also to each of you that have prayed, messaged, called, or visited him... THANK YOU ALL! Arrangements have been entrusted to the Stuarts Draft Chapel of Reynolds Hamrick Funeral Homes. Relatives and friends may share condolences and memories online with the family by visiting


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Marion Malack

May 5, 2020

I met Richard in 2015 when he joined our opportunity to serve others. Richard was always positive and encouraging. He will be greatly missed. I’m glad we met on life’s journey toward our final home in heaven. We have a sure hope in Jesus Christ and Richard demonstrated this in his life and service.

Micah Moss

May 2, 2020

My heartfelt condolences to Gary, Julie, Royce and family! I have very fond memories of him getting on and off the bus with something wild to say or do; his musical ability on the trumpet was amazing, and always fun to watch him play sports and do theatre. Many blessings to his loved ones!

Renee Eye

May 2, 2020

Richard was always uplifting and always called me sister for he truly was a brother in Christ