Joseph E. Schmidt, 81

Fuel company owner

October 07, 2007

Joseph E. Schmidt Jr., a World War II veteran and owner of a fuel company, died Thursday of heart disease at Good Samaritan Hospital, a day before his 82nd birthday.

Born in Baltimore, Mr. Schmidt attended City College. At 17, he lied about his age and enlisted in the Marine Corps. He served in the South Pacific.

After the war, he worked for his father, who had an ice and coal hauling business. That business eventually evolved into Schmidt and Sons Fuel Co., an oil company. He worked there and at Bethlehem Steel Corp. as a boilermaker to realize his dream of a waterfront home.

In 1970, he and his wife, the former Betty Bowman, moved to Cedar Beach in eastern Baltimore County. The couple, who were married for 42 years, enjoyed boating, fishing and traveling. Mrs. Schmidt died in 1989.

Services will be at noon tomorrow at Schimunek Funeral Home, 9705 Belair Road, Perry Hall.

Survivors include two sons, Joseph E. Schmidt III and Robert J. Schmidt, and a daughter, Susan A. White, all of Essex; a sister, Edna Becker of Bel Air; and six grandchildren.

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