Walter Schmidt

June 28, 1950March 29, 2014
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Walter Schmidt, 63, of Tallahassee, Florida, passed away peacefully on March 29, 2014 in the arms of his loving family after a long and courageous battle with multiple myeloma and kidney failure. He was born in Philadelphia and moved to Melbourne, Florida to attend Florida Institute of Technology where he met his devoted wife of forty-one years, Cheryl. He earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of South Florida and both a master’s and Ph.D. in Geology at Florida State University. He retired from the Geological Survey as the Director and State Geologist of Florida after 34 years of dedicated service. Walt was an incredible husband and father, a warm and caring person with an unassuming manner and a dry sense of humor. He enjoyed spending time with family camping and being at the beach. Walt was an avid sports fan, supporting the Florida State Seminoles. Walt is survived by his wife Cheryl and his loving children Amber and David (Natalie) as well as his sister Marie Crowthers. He was preceded in death by his father, Waldemar Eugene Schmidt and his mother Elizabeth Stover Schmidt. He will be greatly missed by everyone who knew him. A celebration of life service will be held Saturday, April 5th at 1:00 pm at Culley’s MeadowWood Funeral Home on Riggins Road. A reception will follow the service at Culley’s. In lieu of flowers, please send contributions in honor of Walter Schmidt to: International Myeloma Foundation, 12650 Riverside Drive, Suite 206, North Hollywood, CA 91607-3421

Arrangements under the direction of Culley's MeadowWood Funeral Home, Tallahassee, FL.



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Laura Stannard

May 12, 2014

You did good, Walt. A life lived well with a loving family.
You are missed.

Heather Blake

April 14, 2014

We always enjoyed talking with Uncle Walt at family gatherings. His knowledge of Florida's natural areas was incredible! He always managed to visit with everyone at our big family gatherings. I will greatly miss our chats.

Dawn Leone

April 10, 2014

We are all grieving the loss of Uncle Walt. He was the coolest Uncle growing up. He always took time to talk and play with all his nieces and nephews. We will fondly remember the many family camping trips, holiday gatherings and friendly Gator - Seminole rivalry banter. His celebration of life ceremony was a fitting tribute.

Lucien Ladner

April 9, 2014

A good boss. Walt cared for his people and for his science. We will miss him.

Jim Crane

April 8, 2014

Our condolences to Cheryl and all of Walt's family from Jim and Diana. We were out of the country during Walt's passing and were greated with this sad news just as we returned, Walt was an excellent geologist who managed with humor and determination to keep the Bureau of Geology intact and relevant to the citizens of Florida. He was a good friend who helped me immensely with advice,employment and strong support while I was a doctoral student at FSU. I liked Walt a lot and he will be missed by all.

Cara Bradley

April 7, 2014

I went to Walt's FB page today because I haven't heard from him lately. I am truley heartbroken. He was a wonderful person to work for! Sending prayers to Cheryl, David and family. I know he is an angel waiting to see us again in heaven.

Carla Houck

April 6, 2014

For some reason, my condolences disappeared before I wrote my last sentence - Walt was a light in the world. I have to believe that the "other side" is much brighter now!

April 6, 2014

As Tom Scott said, he, Walt & others were green geologists 40 years ago ... and I was their green secretary! Many of us started our families during those same years and I appreciated Walt & Cheryl's friendship and their easygoing, honest approach to life. My heart goes out to you, Cheryl, Amber & David and all others who have been part of his life. Walt was one of the best human beings I have ever known. He was a light to the world in so very many ways.

April 6, 2014

It has been many years since I had the pleasure of working with Walt. I always appreciated his sense of humor and the calm and understanding way in which he approached difficult issues. He will be missed by his many colleagues at the USGS.
Lynn Wingard

April 5, 2014

Blessings to Family of Walt . especially to Cheryl

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