Hugh L Schmitt

Hugh L Schmitt

Hugh L. Schmitt, 93 of Mauston passed away at home on September 26, 2012.

Hugh was born on September 15, 1919 in Whitewater, Wisconsin the son of Hugo J and Roberta (Miller) Schmitt.

Hugh was united in marriage to Janice M. Smart on November 7, 1942 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Mauston. Wisconsin.

Hugh served in the U.S. Air Force for thirty years retiring as a Colonel. During his career he served as an Air Force pilot in England, Europe, Asia and many bases in the United States. Hugh was one of the first pilots to fly the Berlin Air Lift in WWII.

Of his many accomplishments Hugh loved being a test pilot and enjoyed his retirement as a tree farmer and conservationist. He instilled his love of country and family by teaching these values to his daughters, two grandsons and two great grandchildren.

Following his military career Hugh and Janice retired to Mauston in 1971.

Colonel Schmitt was a member of the American Legion, EAA, and St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 40 and 8 as well as a founding member of many endeavors to support our service men and women and foundations assisting children. In 1975 Hugh developed Peppermill Lake in Adams County.

Hugh is survived by his beautiful bride of 70 years, Janice, his four daughters, Robin Moore of New Lisbon, Marielle Schmitt of Scotts Valley, CA, Denise Waddle of Berryville, AR, Barbara Jo Schmitt of Madison and two grandchildren, Robert Walters, Rancho Murrieta, CA and Dylan Brownstein, Madison and his great granddaughter, Alexis Walters, Rancho Murrieta, CA. Surviving Hugh are also his two sisters, Sr. Marielle Schmitt OP of Dubuque, IA, Marion Merkt of Milwaukee, his brother, Robert of Milwaukee and nieces and nephews and other dear relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his brother Ted and his beloved first great grandchild, Christopher Marshall Walters.

Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at St Patrick Catholic Church, on October 2, 2012 at 11:30 A.M. There will be a military ceremony immediately following to honor Hugh’s 30 years of service to our country. Please join the family for a fellowship luncheon in Reardon Hall after the military ceremony. There will be visitation for one hour before the funeral Mass (10:30 A.M.) at St Patrick’s where friends and family are encouraged to share photos for the Memorial Table.

A private family interment will be held at St. Patrick Catholic Cemetery in Mauston. In lieu of flowers or other expressions of sympathy the family requests that memorials be made in Hugh’s name to St Patrick Catholic Church, 401 Mansion Street, Mauston, Wi 52948, or The American Legion Post #81, and Auxiliary, 1055 E State Street, Mauston, WI 53948.