Robert T. SchmitSeptember 9, 1925 ~ August 25, 2017 (age 91)
Robert T. Schmit, 91, of Delphos, passed away at his residence surrounded by his loving family on Friday, August 25, 2017. He was born September 9, 1925, in Delphos, to Nicholas and Matilda (Youngpeter) Schmit, who preceded him in death. He was united in marriage on October 5, 1950, to Patricia Weber, who preceded him in death on August 6, 1995.
He is survived by his brother Alfred Schmit; his children, Jane (John) Wiehe of Fairfield, Ohio, Dr. Nicholas (Linda) Schmit of Delphos, Dr. Michael (Pam) Schmit of Cincinnati, Ohio, Mary and (Bill) Massa of Delphos and Thomas (Marie Antonioli) Schmit of Hamilton, Montana; 15 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren and one great grandchild on the way.
He was preceded in death by brothers, Father Arthur Schmit, Father Earl Schmit, Jerome Schmit and sisters, Sr. Mary Alfred, SND, Viola Schmidt, and Mary Ella Schmit.
At the age of nine he worked with his family at Schmit’s Market, becoming co-owner from 1935-1981. He created Robert T. Schmit Insurance Agency from 1957-1990. He was treasurer of German Mutual Insurance Company of Delphos until 1995.
His dedication to helping others is evident by the committees and boards he served on. He was a very active member of St. John’s church serving as a Eucharistic minister, a volunteer at the school festival and was also a volunteer for the church renovation project. He was on the first St. John’s school board and later served as president, member of St. John’s finance committee and was a former Delphos city council member. He was a charter member and past president of the Delphos Kiwanis Club with Legion of Honor, past president of Rotary Club and a guide for senior historical tours. He was a member and past treasurer of The Delphos Club, past member and president of St. John’s Band Boosters, past member and president of the Delphos Senior Citizens Board, a charter member of the Delphos Institute of Music, member of the board of directors at Delphos Community Oil, Fourth Degree Knight in the Knights of Columbus for 63 years, volunteer for the Allen County Right to Life and American Red Cross, past volunteer and tutor for children at Trinity United Methodist Church, a presiding judge for Allen County Board of Elections. Bob was on the Board of The Museum of Postal History, he was also on the board of the Ohio Association of Mutual Insurance Companies. He received the Delphos Man of the Year award in 2004, was inducted into St. Johns Alumni Hall of Fame, Service to Mankind in 2007, and was the Canal Days Parade Grand Marshal in 2007.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 on Wednesday, August 30, 2017, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Delphos. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be held Tuesday, 2- 8, August 29, 2017, at Harter and Schier Funeral Home with a Knights of Columbus rosary service at 7:00 and a parish wake service to follow at 7:30.
The family would like to thank his special care givers and the Putnam County Home Care and Hospice and Dr Perry Hux.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. John’s Teacher Endowment Fund 331 E. 2nd St. Delphos, OH 45833 or the American Red Cross, 610 S. Collett Street, Lima, OH. In lieu of flowers the family would like you to consider volunteering as exemplified throughout Bob’s life.