Richard R. “Dick” Schmitt, 79, Haysville

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Richard R. “Dick” Schmitt, 79, of Haysville, died Friday (February 16) at Memorial Hospital and Healthcare Center in Jasper. He was born in Jasper January 28, 1939, to Robert and Helen (Hatter) Schmitt. He married Ellene Weisheit November 17, 1962, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Haysville.

Dick retired from Jasper Rubber Products in 2003 after 37 years of employment. He was also a part time delivery driver for Meyer Truck Equipment in Haysville. He served as superintendent of the Haysville Water Utilities, served on the Haysville Park Board as park custodian, and volunteered for many community efforts. In recent years he coordinated the pork chop grilling for the annual Haysville Sommerfest. He served his community for 50 years as a member of the Haysville Community Volunteer Fire Department, serving terms as both assistant chief and chief. He was certified in Dubois County’s first graduating class of Medical First Responders in 1983 and spent many years on the fire department’s first responders team. He provided traffic control for funerals in Haysville for many years and was scheduled to be recognized in the Indiana Statehouse by a special resolution read into the official records of the Senate and House of Representatives honoring the 50-year members of the Indiana Volunteer Firefighter’s Association.

He is survived by his wife, Ellen; one son, Jeff Schmitt, Haysville; one daughter, Amy Beckman and husband Kent, Dubois; one grandson, Anthony Schmitt; one sister, Wanda Faye Schmitt, Jasper; two brothers, Ronald (Lillian) Schmitt and wife Lillian, Riverhead, New York, and Howard Schmitt and wife Patty, Jasper; and nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two brothers, Gene and Dan Schmitt, and one sister, Madonna “Donna Lou” Kossen.

Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper and from 9-10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. The Indiana Volunteer Firefighters Association, District 18, will conduct a memorial service at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church or to a favorite charity. Online condolences may be shared at www.becherkluesner.com. Funeral services at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Paul’s Church with burial following in the church cemetery.

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