Eddie Gene Schmidt of Sullivan, Missouri was born on July 28, 1928 at Elmont, Missouri to Charles Henry and Maude Alice (Blankenship) Schmidt and passed away Monday, April 8, 2019 at the age of 90 years.
He attended Miller School and graduated from Sullivan High School, Class of 1945, where he was the class president.
As a young man, Eddie Gene went to work for Modern Garage for a time. He then entered the United States Army, where he served in the 82nd Air Borne and was stationed at Fort Bragg. After his military service, he returned to work at Modern Garage.
Eddie Gene married Verna May Dace on November 14, 1953.
In the spring of 1954 Eddie Gene and his brother, Harold, purchased Modern Garage. In 1982 Eddie Gene and Verna May bought Harold’s share in the business. In 1994 Eddie and Verna sold the business to their son and his wife, Danny and Sandy Schmidt. This allowed Eddie Gene to focus on farming and cattle.
Eddie Gene’s faith was the foundation of his life. He was saved and loved the Lord Jesus Christ. He was a faithful member of First Baptist Church in Sullivan, Missouri.
Eddie Gene and Verna May, along with their family, spent many summer vacations at their cabin in Canada. They also enjoyed playing pinochle with their friends.
In his younger days, Eddie Gene was active with the local Khoury League Baseball, and served as treasurer for several years.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Maude Schmidt; brothers, Russell Schmidt, Earl Schmidt, Hadley Schmidt, Harold Schmidt, Roscoe Schmidt and Jimmie Dean Schmidt; an infant sister; and additional sisters, Ava Lindsey Owens, Anita Cartwright and Ruth Stevens.
He is survived by his wife, Verna May Schmidt of Sullivan, Missouri; four children, Danny Schmidt and wife Sandra of Sullivan, Missouri, Sally Farrell and husband J.B. of Sullivan, Missouri, Dennis Schmidt and wife Mendy of Sullivan, Missouri and Ellen Woodruff and husband Rob of O’ Fallon, Missouri; grandchildren, Heather Winkelman and husband Jack of Imperial, Missouri, Emily Hardy and husband J.T. of Sullivan, Missouri, Rachel Chaney and husband Darin of Sullivan, Missouri, Lydia Leigh and husband Tim of St. Peters, Missouri, Alison Revelle and husband Josh of Sullivan, Missouri, Jared Schmidt and wife Abby of Sullivan, Missouri, Ross Farrell and wife Mallory of Sullivan, Missouri, Charley Schmidt of Sullivan, Missouri and Paige Woodruff of O’Fallon, Missouri; great grandchildren; brother-in-law, Don Dace of Bourbon, Missouri; sister-in-law, Peggy Schmidt of Sullivan, Missouri; other relatives and friends.
Visitation as held from 4-8 p.m. on Friday, April 12, 2019 at the First Baptist Church in Sullivan, Missouri.
Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 13, 2019 at the First Baptist Church in Sullivan, Missouri with Pastor Chester Lahmann officiating.
Interment followed in the Schmidt Cemetery.
Arrangements under the direction of the Eaton Funeral Home of Sullivan and Bourbon, Missouri.