Patrick J. Schmitt, 89, Ireland

Patrick J. Schmitt, 89, of Ireland, died Thursday, December 19, at orthwood Retirement Community in Jasper. He was born in Ireland April 20, 1930, to Alfred and Elizabeth (Renner) Schmitt. He married Hilda Heeke April 27, 1954, at St. Raphael’s Catholic Church in Dubois. She died June 4, 2012.

Pat was a graduate of Ireland High School. He was a corporal in the United States Army, serving in Germany. He was a lifetime dairy farmer and following his retirement worked for Superior Ag, delivering fertilizer to area farms. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ireland, where he served on the cemetery committee, VFW Post 673, and the Dubois County Democrat Club. He enjoyed growing pumpkins for his grandchildren, gardening, vacationing to the Ozarks, and watching his grandchildren’s sporting events.

He is survived by three daughters, Wanda Beck and husband Gary and Linda Hohl and husband Tony, all of Ireland, and Brenda Hochgesang and husband Mark, Jasper; nine grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren; one sister, Mary Ann Stetter, Jasper; and one brother, Mike Schmitt and wife Carol, Ireland.

In addition to his parents and wife he was preceded in death byh one brother, Frank Schmitt.

Friends may call from 9-11 a.m. Monday at St. Mary’s Church. Memorial contributions can be made to St. Mary’s cemetery fund or to a favorite charity. Online condolences can be shared at www.becherkluesner.com. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the church with burial following in the church cemetery. VFW Post 673 will conduct military graveside rites.

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