In Memoriam: Ronald Joseph Schmidt (Jan. 24, 1935 – Aug. 17, 2021)

August 2021 Posted in Uncategorized

Ronald Joseph Schmidt, 86, of Mt. Angel, Oregon passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 17 at his home surrounded by his loving wife and children.

Born January 24, 1935 to Andy and Eleanor Schmidt, Ron was a life-long resident of Mt. Angel. He graduated from Mt. Angel Preparatory High School in 1953, attended University of Portland, and then opened Schmidt’s Service and Gas Station on Main St. in 1956.

Ron married Charleen Morris of Salem, Oregon on Feb. 9, 1957. He had a deep love for and commitment to his family, friends, and community. He served as a volunteer fireman, city councilman, Oktoberfest President and board of directors, Knights of Columbus, and Jaycees. Ron loved boating, water skiing, crabbing, fishing, reading, watching Westerns, horses, Arizona and sports.

Ron is survived by his wife Charleen of 64 years; five children: Mark Schmidt and his wife Leah of Turner, Greg Schmidt and his wife Gayle of Mt. Angel, Alicia and husband Mitch Kruska of Mt. Angel, Suzanne and husband Brian Konen of West Linn, Sandy and husband Matt Ketchem, of Alamo, California; 12 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and his brother Howard Schmidt and wife Stephanie of Seattle. He was preceded in death by his brother Cliff Schmidt and parents Andy and Eleanor.

Services were held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Mt. Angel on Aug. 24 with Rosary.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Ron’s name to OHSU Knight Cancer Institute or Willamette Valley Hospice.

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