LISBON, Ohio – Donald J. Schmidt, Sr., age 68, of Greenville, Pennsylvania, died unexpectedly Sunday, February 19, 2017, at his home.
He was born January 19, 1949, in Newark, New Jersey, a son of John and Dorothea (Bestle) Schmidt.
A 1967 graduate of Brick High School in Newark, New Jersey, Mr. Schmidt went on to receive his Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio in 1971.
He married Diane (Keeler) on January 30, 1971.
Mr. Schmidt was a school teacher having taught Chemistry and Physics at Jefferson High School, Joseph Badger High School, John F. Kennedy High School and most recently at Pymatuning Valley High School. As a lifelong teacher he inspired many, not only in the classroom but in life.
He was a member of the Western Reserve Carriage Driving Association and a former member of the Ohio Welsh Pony Association. He was passionate about his family and driving his Welsh ponies and he enjoyed working on his farm.
Mr. Schmidt is survived by his wife of 46 years, Diane Schmidt, of Greenville, Pennsylvania; his son, Donald J. (Jaime) Schmidt, Jr. and grandchildren, Nathaniel and Jacob, of Mustang, Oklahoma; his daughter, Deborah D. (Michael) Harris and grandchildren, Mackenzie, Devin and Matthew, of Bentonville, Arkansas; his daughter, Jennifer D. (Imre) Orosz, and grandchildren, Andrew, Christopher and Katherine, of Burbank, Ohio and his brother, Gary (Terry) Schmidt of Lititz, Pennsylvania.
He is preceded in death by his parents.
A funeral service will be held on Saturday, February 25, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. at Baumgardner Funeral & Cremation Service, 8569 Main St., Kinsman, Ohio.
Calling hours will be on Saturday, February 25 from 11:00 a.m. until the time of service at the funeral home.
Cremation will follow services.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Semper Fi Fund, 825 College Blvd., Suite 102 PMB 609, Oceanside, California 92057 or at Semperfifund.org or to St. Jude’s, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tennessee 38105.
An online guestbook is available at www.baumgardnerfuneralhomes.com.
A television tribute will air Thursday, February 23 at the following approximate times:
6:41 a.m. WYTV and 8:41 a.m. MyYTV and 9:58 a.m. on FOX plus two additional spots throughout the day.