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“Sorry for your loss but know he is in a better place with no suffering. Also he is with Karen. Roger & Karen were my godparents. ”
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“My heart goes out to the Schmidt family, I am truly sorry for your loss. May the peace of God be with your family during this most difficult time....Read More ยป
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Roger A. Schmidt, age 88, of Appleton, died peacefully on February 21, 2018 in hospice due to multiple myeloma cancer. Roger was born on December 27, 1929 in Lyndhurst, Wisconsin to Edward and Anna Schmidt. He was baptized on January 19, 1930 in Gresham, Wisconsin. He was confirmed on April 18, 1945. He graduated as salutatorian from Gresham High School on May 28, 1947. Roger met and fell in love with Karen Mary Rankin of Appleton. They were married on February 27, 1954 and enjoyed 51 years of marriage. Shortly after their marriage, Roger was drafted into the U.S. Army on January 17, 1955 and served in the Korean War through January 16, 1957 and was honorably discharged as PFC USAR Roger A. Schmidt on December 31, 1962. On June 7, 1957, Roger obtained his vocational training in General Office through the Business & Trade Divisions of the School of Vocational & Adult Education (now Fox Valley Technical College) in Appleton, Wisconsin. He put this education to good use with his 33 years of service to Appleton Coating (aka Appleton Paper, now Appvion). After his retirement, Roger devoted his free time by volunteering weekly at the Appleton V.A. Clinic for over 25 years. Roger and Karen were faithful members of Grace Lutheran Church in Appleton, Wisconsin. Roger was a faithful participant in the long-running Friday Bible Study at the church. Roger Schmidt loved the Lord, his family, the Green Bay Packers, Wisconsin Badgers, Milwaukee Brewers, sheepshead, and cribbage (not necessarily in that order). Roger was preceded in death by his parents, Edward W. Schmidt and Anna (Heimer) Schmidt, his wife Karen M. (Rankin) Schmidt, brother, Harold Schmidt and his wife Delores Schmidt. Survivors include his three sons by birth, Douglas (Paula) Schmidt, Richard (Jean) Schmidt, David (Pat) Schmidt; five grandchildren: Matthew Schmidt, Jordan (Reggie) Schmidt-Howard, Michael Schmidt, Johnathan Schmidt, Mark Schmidt; nieces Patricia Andrlik, Carol Tetzloff, Katherine Johnson; and nephew Craig Schmidt. Roger’s family greatly appreciates the kind-hearted people of ThedaCare Hospice. Visitation will be held from 9:00am to 11:00am on Saturday March 3, 2018 at GRACE LUTHERAN CHURCH, 900 N. Mason Street, Appleton, WI 54914, with funeral liturgy at 11:00 am. Interment will be at 2:00pm at Highland Memorial Park, 3131 N. Richmond Avenue, Appleton, WI. Online condolences may be expressed at In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to either: Grace Lutheran Church, 900 N. Mason Street, Appleton, WI 54914 (920) 733-9135 or The Appleton V.A. Clinic (John H. Bradley), 10 Tri-Park Way, Appleton, WI 54914 (920) 831-0070.