Robert Schmidt, 88

Robert Warren Schmidt, age 88, of White Pigeon, died Saturday, Dec. 26, 2009, at Thurston Woods in Sturgis where he had resided the past two-and-a-half years.

He was born in White Pigeon on Feb. 23, 1921, the son of the late, Herman and Alta (Grimes) Schmidt and was lifetime resident of the White Pigeon area.

He was married to Roma Schultz on March 4, 1944 in Centreville. Robert was a farmer, and a bus driver for the White Pigeon school system. He was also a 4-H Leader and an active member of the Grange. Robert was a member and former president of the St. Joseph County Grange Fair Association.

He is survived by three children, Ruth Ann Schmidt of Stockton, Calif., Mary Jean Sage (Ken) of Arroyo Grande, Calif., and Ronald Schmidt (Sue) of Batavia, NY; four grandchildren, Karma Sage-Johnson, Stephen, Christina, and Robert Schmidt; one great-grandchild, Logan Johnson; one sister, Lula Hoover of South Bend, Ind.; one brother, Richard Schmidt of Kalamazoo; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Roma, in 1996; two brothers, Russell and Leland Schmidt; and two sisters, Ann Baumgartner and Kathryn Schmidt.

Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Farrand Funeral Home in White Pigeon.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, 2009, at the funeral home followed by burial in White Pigeon Cemetery.

It is suggested that memorials be directed to the St. Joseph County 4-H Council.

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