OBITUARY

Joseph Christopher Schmitt

January 6, 1955August 2, 2018

Joseph Christopher Schmitt was born January 6, 1955 in Yakima, WA, to Donna and Don Schmitt. Joe grew up in a large family where faith was taught & lived. He attended St. Paul’s Grade School with seven siblings. Holidays and birthdays were always special & shared with extended family, including grandparents. He was fond of family trips to Sun Lakes, the beaches & the mountains where Dad taught us all how to fish.

Joe attended Eisenhower High School, then joined the Army as a crew chief for helicopter maintenance at Ft. Lewis for 3 years. He was honorably discharged in 1975. He worked several jobs in Yakima & later moved to the Naches area working as a Master Millwright. Joe had a very strong work ethic. Here he found his lifelong friendships including a special lady, “Karen.” Many thanks to all Joe’s friends for all the love & support you have shown him through the years.

Fishing and boating were favorite pastimes with big brother Marc & friends. So many tales to tell. Joe had a heart of gold. He was always willing to lend a helping hand. He will be so missed.

He was preceded in death by his father Don J. Schmitt, his mother Donna M. Schmitt, sister Mary Schmitt, grandparents William and Victoria Huntington, and William and Mamie Schmitt.

Survived by his companion Karen, siblings Marc Schmitt, Patti (Steve) Alegria, Don (Polly) Schmitt, Theresa (Dennis) Hoff, Ginnie (Dave) Alegria, and Wayne Schmitt. Also many nephews and nieces & great nephews and nieces.

There will be a graveside service at Calvary Cemetery on Saturday, August 11th at 10:00 am.

To share a memory of Joseph please visit www.lepfuneralhome.com.

  • FAMILY

  • Joseph Christopher Schmitt was born January 6, 1955 in Yakima, WA, to Donna and Don Schmitt.

    He was preceded in death by his father Don J. Schmitt, his mother Donna M. Schmitt, sister Mary Schmitt, grandparents William and Victoria Huntington, and William and Mamie Schmitt.

    Survived by his companion Karen, siblings Marc Schmitt, Patti (Steve) Alegria, Don (Polly) Schmitt, Theresa (Dennis) Hoff, Ginnie (Dave) Alegria, and Wayne Schmitt. Also many nephews and nieces & great nephews and nieces.

Services

  • Graveside Service Saturday, August 11, 2018
REMEMBERING

Joseph Christopher Schmitt

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Linda ( Jones) Monoian

August 11, 2018

We first met Joe in 1986, he and my ex-husband worked swing shift at Washington Beef together. Once in awhile after they got off work we woukd all meet at the Boondox and have a cold one and visit and laugh.. Joe was at our wedding and he was eating some potato salad and he accidently knocked the whole bowl of it on the floor.. he felt so bad but we told him no worries.. we just laughed. Joe would come over for a home cooked meal with us. Joe was one of the kindest people we ever met. And a great friend. Last time I saw Joe was out in Naches, he was doing his laundry, we gave each other a big hug and caught up on our lives and we took a selfie. R.I.P. Joe 💙

Linda Monoian

August 11, 2018

Joe, I met you in 1986, you worked with my husband at Washington Beef. We all met at the Boondox for a cold beer after you all got off work. You were a very kind friend always. One funny memory we have is at out wedding reception you were eating potato salad and you accidently knocked the whole bowl of it on the floor, hahaha. You felt so bad but we just laughed about it. No worries. And seeing you off and on through the last 30 years was great to catch up on our lives. R.I.P our friend 💙

Donean Boche

August 10, 2018

Joe

He always had a very kind heart, could make you smile when you needed it.
He will be greatly missed by so many people.
Joe say Hi, to Doc for me please !!!
You two try to stay out of trouble K.

Donean

Helen Gallagher

August 10, 2018

We (husband and myself) met Joe when we first moved to WA around 2005.
He was always friendly and kind and willing to lend a helping hand.

I have had many interesting and informative discussions with Joe over the years.
He just spoke the truth and had realistic observances of events/ people we discussed.
Of late, he seemed to be tired of the "same-ole-same-ole".

I was very surprised to read in the obituary that "Karen" was his companion, although I
knew them to be friends over the past few years. Karen is a very caring person and it may be easy to consider her as his companion, but as I know it, she was a caring friend to Joe. She is also a caring friend to me.
May Joe rest in the peace of the Lord.

Christopher Heath

August 7, 2018

Joe and I had many conversations about Jesus Christ. Many would be surprised to hear that Joe was one of the most bible literate men around. I believe that is where Joe's patience and kindness came from. I know of no one anywhere that could possibly have anything bad to say about Joe. The bible says that love covers a multitude of sins, joe knew how to love as a man should, he was quick to help anyone who asked and he was honest. Joe was my friend.

Angie Peyser

August 7, 2018

Joe a quiet and peaceful man to be around. Its been a few years back, about 28 years I think. My husband and I would go fishing with Joe. I have many memories of sitting on the river bank catching more rays than fish. Just enjoying each others company. After being away for many years it was nice to see his familar face. Just last week I ran into Joe, I asked him if he remember me? All he said was I REMEMBER and that was all he had to say and gave me that Joe smile. Very thankful I was able to just say hi one last time to the sweet, quiet and caring man that Joe was. Rest in Peace Joe you will always hold a special place in my heart.

FROM THE FAMILY