Gene Schmitt, 64, Ireland

Gene R. Schmitt, 64, of Ireland, died Monday, November 22, at his home. He was born in Huntingburg March 25, 1957, to Othmar and Elizabeth (Wagner) Schmitt. He married Martha Messmer February 27, 1988, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Ireland.

Gene was a 1976 graduate of Jasper High School and a lifelong farmer. He was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Ireland, the Ireland Sportsmans Club, and the National Farmers Organization (NFO). He enjoyed farming, hunting, fishing, and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Martha Schmitt; four sons, Benjamin Schmitt and wife Tamanna, Greentown, Bradley Schmitt and wife Laura, Franklin, Aaron Schmitt, Jasper, and Justin Schmitt, Ireland; two grandchildren, Melanie and Kian Schmitt and one on the way; four sisters, Jane Schmitt, Pat Durcholz and husband LeRay, and Ann Fleck, all of Ireland, and Virginia Sermersheim and husband Jerry, Jasper; and four brothers, Tom Schmitt and wife Judy, Ronnie Schmitt and wife Bev, and Ted and Alan Schmitt, all of Ireland.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Othmar and Elizabeth Schmitt.

Friends may call from 9-11 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts, and contributions, the family requests you do random acts of kindness this Christmas season in memory of Gene. Online condolences can be shared at www.becherkluesner.com. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the church with burial following in the church cemetery.

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