Obituary: Edgar Julian (Ed) Schmidt
Edgar Julian (Ed) Schmidt, age 89, of Bend, Ore. passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 11, 2015 with much of his family surrounding him in love.
Ed was born in Hinsdale, Ill. on Flag Day, June 14, 1925, to Edgar Julius and Marie Jackson Schmidt. After graduating from Hinsdale High School, Ed attended Northwestern University and Cornell University as a Navy V12 member.
He served in the Navy in Jacksonville, Fla. and Corpus Christi, Texas during World War II and then attended and graduated from The University of Pennsylvania Dental School with his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 1951.
He joined the dental practice of his father-in-law, Dr. Harold A. Gettys, until 1953 when he was drafted into the Air Force to serve his country during the Korean Conflict. After he was discharged in 1954 as a Captain, he returned to his dental practice in Binghamton, N.Y. until his retirement in 1991.
His wife, Naida Skinner Schmidt, whom he married in 2000, survives Ed. He had four children with his ex-wife, Barbara G. Simonson, who also survives him.
Their children, Sandra S. (David) Millspaugh, William C. (Carol) Schmidt, Carol S. (David) Tinney, and James H. (Kim) Schmidt, all survive him. He is survived by his sister, Marian S. Fischer of Des Moines, Iowa, and by his stepdaughter, Barbara Skinner of Lansing, Michigan. He was predeceased by his stepson William Skinner and by his sister Virginia Schmidt. He was grandfather of 8 and great-grandfather of 5.
Ed enjoyed golfing, bowling, painting, photography, travel, nature, sailing on the Schooner Stephen Taber off the coast of Maine, and spending time with his family and friends. He was a member of the Bend Country Club.
He was also a member of Post 80 of the American Legion when he lived in Binghamton, N.Y. and was very active in Boy Scouts of America in Broome County, N.Y. He had a special love for dogs.
The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Partners in Care Hospice, 2075 NE Wyatt Court, Bend, OR 97701 or to the charity of your choice.
A memorial honoring Ed’s life will be held at a later date. In addition, the family requests that when you put out your flag on Flag Day, you remember Ed and his service for our great nation.
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