Baldwin-Fairchild Ivanhoe Funeral Home

1150 South Orlando Avenue, Winter Park, FL


Arthur "Jack" Schmitzer

May 1, 1919September 23, 2017

Jack Schmitzer was born in Pittsburgh, PA and moved his family to Orlando, FL in 1952. He and his wife Mildred were owners of Schmitzer's Meat Center, providing a variety of portion-controlled cuts of meat and sausages to local restaurants. He was a veteran of World War II having served in Tunis in the Army-Air Force as an airplane mechanic. He was a member of the Elks Lodge 1079, and the National Taxidermy Association. Being an outdoorsman, he enjoyed hunting, and fishing as well as his hobby of taxidermy and he was most proud of his Trophy Room where he displayed his many animal mounts and enjoyed giving tours. He loved the camaraderie of hunting excursions to Colorado and Canada as well as his local hunting camp K-6 at the Deseret Ranch and he was happiest in a tree stand or driving his jeep through the woods checking out the local game. Jack and his wife Mildred were married for 70 years and were regulars on the dance floor most Friday nights at the Elks Club. He had a winning smile and a positive attitude throughout his life. He is survived by his daughter, Norma Ackert of Orlando, his son, Bill Schmitzer of Cookeville, TN, his grandchildren, Michelle, Jamie, Chad and Jennifer, and five great-grandchildren. His immediate family will celebrate his life in a private ceremony. Those who wish to honor Jack can do so by a donation to Cornerstone Hospice Foundation, 2445 Lane Park Road, Tavares, FL 32778 or cshospice.org


  • Graveside Service

    Wednesday, September 27, 2017


Arthur "Jack" Schmitzer

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September 28, 2017

On September 23, 2017, Jack Schmitzer's spirit left this earth, where I believe that it freely roams the fields and forests where he loved to hunt and fish. His spirit also dances, laughs, and roller skates with his wife, Milly, of more than 70 years, who has been waiting for him. On September 27, 2017, Arthur J. Schmitzer's body returned to this earth, where it will rest in peace, without pain or suffering, forever. In the eyes of those close family members who attended his burial, he was the vibrant, alive person that they knew for most of his 98+ years. He was laid to rest on the kind of beautiful Florida day that he enjoyed, in a peaceful green field, brushed with a soft wind. Attendees included his sister, both of his children, 2 of his grandchildren, his oldest granddaughter, two nieces, his daughter"s husband, his attending granddaughter's husband, and his newest, very best friend. It was the kind of informal celebration of life that Jack would have appreciated. The words that were expressed included happy memories, a few laughs, and many positives tributes to the man known as Brother, Dad, Pop Pop, Uncle Jack, Jack, and even Mr Schmitzer. Of course some tears fell, but the overwhelming emotions shared were of happiness remembering a life well lived.

The family greatly appreciates the kindness and professionalism provided by the team at Baldwin-Fairchild and Woodlawn, headed by Marney Carmody.

Tim Ackert, Son-in-Law

Susan/Richard White

September 28, 2017


Richard and I are thinking of you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.