Robert L. Schmitt, 85, Jasper

Robert SchmittRobert L. Schmitt, 85, of Jasper, passed away at 2:45 p.m. Saturday (April 27) at his home.

He was born on March 5, 1928, to Dominic and Caroline (Mehringer) Schmitt.  He married Doris Bartley on  August 2, 1951, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper.

Robert was a lifelong farmer who retired after 60 years of farming in Dubois County. He was a member of the National Farmers Organization and the Knights of Columbus. He was an avid Indiana University basketball and St. Louis Cardinals baseball fan.

Surviving are his wife, Doris, Jasper; two sons, Stanley Schmitt and wife Sandy, Jasper, and Tom Schmitt and wife Debbie, Oakland Township, Michigan; four daughters, Linda Vogler and husband Mike, Celestine, Diane Henke and partner Bob Stayman, Evansville, Lisa Arvesen and husband Kevin, and Gail Mehringer and husband Russ, Jasper; 15 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; one sister, Verena Schnaus and husband Leo, Ireland. He was preceded in death by three brothers, Ruben, Dominic Jr., and Eugene Schmitt, and one sister Viola Matthews.

Funeral services will be held at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper,  with entombment  to follow in Fairview Cemetery Mausoleum in Jasper. Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church, Gentiva Hospice, 3745 N. Newton St. Jasper, or to a favorite charity. Online condolences may be made at

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