William F. Schmid, 80, Bethlehem Steel engineer

October 06, 2005

William Frederick Schmid, a retired Bethlehem Steel engineer, was fatally injured Saturday in an automobile accident near Salisbury on the Eastern Shore. The former resident of Lauraville was 80.

Born in Baltimore and raised in Highlandtown, he was a 1943 graduate of Polytechnic Institute. During World War II, he served in the Army Air Forces as a bombardier. Shot down on a flight over Germany on Dec. 23, 1944, he parachuted from his plane and spent about four months as a prisoner of war.

He earned a bachelor's degree in engineering at the Johns Hopkins University and was a Bethlehem Steel engineer before retiring in 1988.

A longtime Baltimore Colts season ticket holder, he managed and coached baseball teams in the Hamilton Little League for 15 years and was active in Boy Scout Troop 682 based at Jerusalem Lutheran Church.

He was a member, officer and teacher at Zion Lutheran Church in Lauraville.

This year, Mr. Schmid and his wife of 52 years, the former Kathryn Rutt Saurbaugh, moved to Belcamp.

Services were held yesterday.

Also surviving are four sons, Stephen Schmid of Knoxville, Tenn., Louis Schmid of Galveston, Texas, Kenneth Schmid of Kingsville and Raymond Schmid of Severn; a daughter, Barbara Moran of Forest Hill; a brother, John Schmid of Owings Mills; two sisters, Marguerite Kuchta of York, Pa., and Rose Srebowski of Edgemere; and 12 grandchildren.

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