Eugene J Schmidt was born in Sharon, Kansas November 20th, 1925. He moved with his family to Oregon in 1940 where he completed high school in McMinnville. He then joined the Navy and worked for 2 ½ years as an airplane mechanic. After the war he worked for 2 years at Buchanan Cellers Grain Co. He was married in 1951 to Irene Ann Bernards He was a member of St James Catholic Church and belonged to the Knights of Columbus and the Elks. He was a docent at the Evergreen Aviation Museum. He died on February 13th, 2017 at the age of 91.
Irene Ann Bernards was born in McMinnville on September 4th in 1927, where she lived for her entire life. She grew up on the family farm and completed high school at St Mary's Academy in Portland. In 1951 she married Eugene J Schmidt. She was a member of St James Catholic Church and belonged to St Judes Circle and was a charter member of Catholic Daughters. She did volunteer work at St Vincent DePaul, Willamette Valley Hospital and a local soup kitchen. She died on March 12th, 2017 at the age of 89.
Both Eugene and Irene died peacefully at home surrounded by family members.
They are survived by their four children, Bill (Carlton), Jerry (wife Marcia; Scottsdale, AZ), Tom (wife Jan; McMinnville) and Deanna (McMinnville), 14 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.
Funeral Services will be held at St James Catholic Church on Saturday, March 18, 2017 at 11:30 am, followed by a procession to St James cemetery and a reception immediately following at the St James Hall.