We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Lyndahl Funeral Home
Howard L. Schmidt, 91, of Green Bay, passed away on Sunday, June 26, 2022, at Woodside Lutheran Home. We lost not only a gentleman, but a gentle man.
Howard was born February 28, 1931, to the late John and Mary (Jensen) Schmidt in Green Bay, WI. He attended Norwood Grade School and graduated from West High School in 1949. While in his junior year, he joined “The 13th Engineers Marine Reserve”. In August of 1951, the unit was called to serve in the Korean War. After training in California, he was sent to Kunsan, Korea, and discharged in February of 1952. Howard was very proud to have served his country. A highlight of his life was to go on the Old Glory Honor Flight in 2014.
On May 10, 1952, he married his high school sweetheart, Joan Colavitti, and they recently celebrated 70 years of a loving marriage. He was a lifelong member of Grace Lutheran Church. Howard was employed at NCR (The National Cash Register Co.) for 42 years as a Field Engineer, retiring in 1994. In his youth, he enjoyed being in Boy Scouts, Sea Scouts, riding his motor bike, and spending time with his dog, Shep. He was one of the original and longest members of the Green Bay Model Airplane Club, enjoying the hobby of building and flying radio-controlled planes with friends. He kept the family cars going, enjoyed woodworking, took pride in his yard, and was a “Mr. Fix-It”. Howard was proud of his family and helped Joan host many holiday (and other) gatherings.
He will be greatly missed by his devoted wife, and 5 children: Jeff (Denise) Schmidt; Terri (Dave) Seymour; Wendy (Rory) Rickert; Brad (Sheila) Schmidt; and Stacey Schmidt. He also leaves behind 13 grandchildren: Ben Schmidt; Kristen (Mike) Daly; Alycia (husband John Engeholm) Seymour; Lyndsi (Adam) Gronke; Dana Seymour; Alec Rickert; Ethan Rickert; Ryan Schmidt; Tyler (Brittany) Schmidt; Becky (Stephen) Darrow; Olin, Violet, and Phoebe Kois; 2 step grandchildren: Zachary (Katie) Keyser and Jesse Keyser; 10 great grandchildren: Mackenzie and Mabel Daly; Julian and Elliot Engeholm; Emma, Maren, and Blayke Schmidt; Taylor and Sydney Darrow; and Ella Gronke with baby brother due in August. Surviving also is sister: Alene (Jim) Smith; brother-in-law: Gene (Marj) Colavitti; 2 sisters-in-law: Rose (Colavitti) Ault and Kathy Colavitti (husband, Dan Bukouricz); nephew: Mike (Judi) Smith, and several cousins. Howard was preceded in death by his parents; parents-in-law: Oswald and Mary Colavitti; brothers-in-law: Virgil (Phyllis) Colavitti and Leo Ault.
Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, July 1, 2022, at Lyndahl Funeral Home (1350 Lombardi Ave.), Green Bay. Officiating at the service will be the Rev. Larry Lange. Military Honors will immediately follow the service. Howard will be laid to rest at Nicolet Memorial Gardens. Relative and friends may greet the family on Friday, July 1, 2022, at the funeral home from 9:00 a.m. until the time of services at 11:00 a.m.
Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family by visiting www.lyndahl.com
The family wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you to the entire staff at Woodside Nursing Home (Mulberry Gardens) and Unity Hospice for their compassionate care of Howard.
One or the other must leave, One or the other must stay. One or the other must grieve, That is forever the way. That is the vow that was sworn, Faithful ‘til death do us part. Braving what had to be borne, Hiding the ache in the heart. One, howsoever adored, First must be summoned away. That is the will of the Lord One or the other must stay.
The Lyndahl Funeral Home and Cremation Services is assisting the family with arrangements.