Robert E. Schmitt, 79, passed away on Tuesday, October 29, 2019 at Deaconess Gateway in Newburgh IN surrounded by his family. Bob was born in Poseyville IN on October 10, 1940 to the late Edwin and Marjorie (Reibel) Schmitt. He is also preceded in death by his sister Patricia Elpers. He was a founder of the girls Softball League in Haubstadt, on the Board of the Haubstadt Little League where he was a large influence in the day to day operations and decisions and he believed every child should be able to play no matter their abilities, if they choose. Bob was also one of the first members of the Chain Gang at the Gibson Southern Football games. He was one of the founding members of the Haubstadt Chamber of Commerce that started the Haubstadt Sommerfest where he was in charge of the food concessions. He was always the regular at the beer ticket sales on Saturday nights from 10:00 pm to 12:00 am. Bob was co-owner of R & C Farm Supply from 1976 till his retirement in March of 2008. Bob was also a member of the Haubstadt K of C, and the Princeton Moose. Bob was a member of the Army Reserves from 1963 to 1969. He was known and respected by everyone he met.
Bob is survived by his wife of 57 years, Lana (Douglas) Schmitt of Haubstadt, daughters, Dawn Ella (Danny) Blankenberger, Lori Lynn (Greg) Halbig and Leigh Ann (Larry) Naas all of Haubstadt and Dana Sue Schmitt of Fort Branch. Brothers and sister, Don (Liz) Schmitt of Princeton, Charlie (Judy) Schmitt of Haubstadt and Roger (Kathy) Schmitt of Clemmons, NC., Ruth Ann (Virgil) Hurt of Francisco, Marilyn (Dave) Elpers of Haubstadt and Nancy Laswell of Haubstadt.
Grandchildren; Jeremy (Brynn) Blankenberger, Jonathan (Paige) Blankenberger, Benjamin (Katie) Halbig, Andrew (Kelsey) Halbig and Amanda Sue (Casey) Conrey. Great Grandchildren: Noah Bodenstein and Penelope Blankenberger; Harper and Emersyn Blankenberger; Rhett and Wyatt Halbig; Sadie and baby boy Halbig (due in April); and Shane, Deanna and Cameron Conrey.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be on Saturday, November 2, 2019 at 10:00 am at Sts. Peter and Paul Church with Father Christopher Droste officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Visitation will be on Friday, November 1, 2019 from 1:00 PM to 8:00 pm at the Stodghill Funeral Home in Fort Branch and again at the Church from 9:00 AM till time of service on Saturday. A special thanks to the doctors, nurses and staff at Deaconess Gateway Hospital and at DaVita Dialysis for the wonderful care given to their Dad.Donations may be made to Sts. Peter and Paul Church or the Haubstadt Little League.
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Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church
211 N. Vine St., Haubstadt IN 47639
Haubstadt Little League
600 E. Gibson St, Haubstadt IN 47639