Russell R. Schmidt Sr., 62, Hebron, died Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, while snowmobiling in Mercer, WI.
He was born in Elmhurst and raised in Addison.
He married Mary Scheiblein, whom he had grown up next door to, in September 1980.
He graduated from Addison Trail High School in 1974. He and his wife raised their four children in a house he built himself in Hebron. Russ was a longtime member of the Local 150 Union of Operating Engineers and had recently retired from his work as a heavy equipment operator. When he wasn’t out working in his barn on various projects, he loved snowmobiling, bicycling and camping. But above all, he always put his love for his family first.
Survivors include his wife; four children, Russell (Valeri) Schmidt Jr., Nicholas (Ryan) Schmidt, Stephanie Schmidt and Samuel (Megan) Schmidt; four grandchildren, Ethan Schmidt, Stephen Schmidt, Drew Schmidt and Madison Schmidt; his mother, June Dougherty; siblings, Michael Schmidt and Phyllis McNeely; in-laws, Roger Scheiblein, Evonne Scheiblein, Lynn Scheiblein, Dianne Scheiblein, Susan Rodriguez, Mike Scheiblein and Melissa Scheiblein; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Debbie Kaiszk Schmidt; his grandmother, Dorothy Schmidt; and his father, Lester Schmidt.
Memorial service and visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 16, at Resurrection Catholic Church, 2918 Country Club Road, Woodstock. Visitation will continue at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 17, until the funeral Mass at 11 a.m. at the church.
Interment will be private.
Memorial donations can be made to the Gogebic County Sheriff’s Department Victim Services Unit in Bessemer, Mich.; or to Outreach at Resurrection Catholic Church, Woodstock.
Arrangements were made by Schneider, Leucht, Merwin & Cooney Funeral Home, Woodstock.