Gerald George Schmidt, 91, died peacefully at home on Sept. 19, 2018, in Elkhorn.

He was born Sept. 21, 1926, at the Grady Farm in Lake Como and spent his entire life in Walworth County. After high school, he joined the United States Army and served his country in Japan during World War II. After his service, he married his wife Marilyn, whom he met at work at Holton Music Factory. However, he spent the majority of his career at Lake Geneva Metal Spinning.

In 1964, Gerald moved his family into their new home in Elkhorn. He loved hunting, fishing, boating and playing multiple instruments. He spent numerous hours woodworking and making gifts for his friends and family. His grandchildren and great grandchildren enjoyed his humor and endless supply of stories. Gerald also loved animals, especially his dogs Spook, Donut, Louie, and Bo.

He will be greatly missed by his children, Gerry (Cecilia) Schmidt and Terry (Buck) Reece; grandchildren Jeremy (Jessica) Reece, Chad (Desirae) Reece, Steve Schmidt and Mike (Lauren) Schmidt; and great-grandchildren, Caden, Cole, Ashton and Sienna Reece.

Gerald was preceded in death by his loving wife, Marilyn Schmidt; his parents, Gustav and Loretta Schmidt; and his sister, Sylvia (Robert) Nitschke.

The family will hold a private internment service at the Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Union Grove at a later date.

The family would like to thank the Aurora At-Home Hospice Burlington and Walworth team, especially Dr. Hobbs, Kara, Tori, Jessica, Connie and Angie.


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