Raymond H. Schmitt, 88, Jasper

SchmittRaymond H. Schmitt, 88, of Jasper, died Tuesday (September 29) at his home. He was born in Jasper November 29, 1926, to Albert and Catherine (Frolich) Schmitt. He married Doretha Boeglin April 23, 1966. at Precious Blood Catholic Church in Jasper.

Ray served with the U.S. Army in signal intelligence at the Eight Army Headquarters in Yokohama, Japan as a technical sergeant and with the U.S. Army as a civilian employee. He worked as a cost accountant with Dubois Rural Electric Co-op. In 1949 he was the principal promoter with a group of local businessmen who invested in and built the Family Drive-In Theater, which operated through its parent company, Midway Amusement Corporation. Ray served as director, manager, secretary, and treasurer of the company until the theater closed in 1986. He then partnered with Earl “Bud” Salb in A-1 Self Storage mini warehouses. After the warehouses were sold he managed them for Sternberg Chrysler. He was a member of Precious Blood Catholic Church in Jasper served at Mass. He was a member of the Precious Blood Men’s Club, and enjoyed enjoyed gardening and golf, hitting three hole-in-ones.

He is survived by his wife, Doretha Schmitt; four step-daughters, Ann Routson and husband Don, Noblesville, and Margaret Gramelspacher and husband Glenn, Cathy Siebert and husband Mike, and Patricia “Patty” Schroeder and husband John, all of Jasper; two step-sons, Robert “Bob” Boeglin and wife Debbie, Santa Claus, and John Boeglin and wife Donna, Austin, Texas; 17 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; one sister, Gloria Jean Ruhe, Brazil; and one brother, Frank Schmitt, Huntingburg.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by three sisters, Josephine Jacobs, LaVerne Meyer, and Mary Bresser, and two brothers; Vincent and David Schmitt.

Friends may call from 9-11 a.m. Friday at Precious Blood Church. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Precious Blood endowment fund. Online condolences may be made at www.becherkluesner.com. Funeral services at 11 a.m. Friday at the church with entombment following in Fairview Cemetery. American Legion Post No. 147 will conduct military graveside rites.

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