Herman Schmidt, 83

Veteran and carpenter

July 10, 2008

Herman Carl Schmidt Jr., a retired union carpenter, died of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease Friday at Gilchrist Hospice Care. The Edgewood resident was 83.

Born in Baltimore and raised in Essex, he left Baltimore County public schools to enlist in World War II. Family members said he lied about his age and joined the Army. He fought in the infantry in Europe.

After the war, he became a carpenter and lived for many years in Dundalk.

"He worked in the building trades all his life, first with his father and uncles to build houses in the Essex area. He later worked for the Lloyd E. Mitchell Co. as a member of the Carpenters Union, Local 101," said his son, Herman C. Schmidt III of Edgewood.

Mr. Schmidt retired in 1986. He then built a basement wood shop and made tables, bookshelves and birdhouses for family members. When too ill to work, he tuned in to C-Span with his dogs at his side.

"He had strong opinions on current events," said another son, Steven L. Schmidt, also of Edgewood. "He was an avid sports fan, World War II history buff and animal lover."

His only daughter, Sandra S. Siford of Fallston, said, "His sharp wit and funny take on life kept us all laughing at our weekend get-togethers."

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. July 19 at the Roman Catholic Church of the Holy Spirit, 540 Joppa Farm Road in Joppa.

In addition to his two sons and daughter, survivors include a brother, Robert E. Schmidt of Middle River; and six grandchildren. His wife of 58 years, the former Anna Reiter, died in 2001.

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