Richard Schmit

Richard H. “Dick” Schmit, 78, of Bartonville, IL passed away Thursday, February 19, 2015 at 10:14 a.m. at Heddington Oaks in West Peoria, IL. Mass of Christian Burial was held February 26 at St. Ann Catholic Church in Peoria, IL, with Father Terry Cassidy officiating. Entombment took place in Resurrection Mausoleum in Peoria, IL.
Dick was born February 24, 1936 in Bernard, the son of the late Cyril and Rosabella Otting Schmit. He honorably served for 18 months in the United Sates Army in Korea during peacetime. September 22, 1979, Dick married Joyce A. Kerker Stroemer at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Bartonville, IL.
Dick worked as an insurance salesman for the Knights of Columbus and for I.S.I. He previously was on the disaster services team for the American Red Cross.
Over the years, Dick donated over 45 gallons of blood to the American Red Cross. He was a member of Knights of Columbus St. Jude Council 3rd and 4th degree, Alhambra, St. Ann’s Men’s Club and the Peoria Area Accordion Club, as well as, the Elks Club and the American Legion Bartonville Branch. Dick was also a member of St. Ann Catholic Church, where he served as a lector and Eucharistic minister.
Survivors include three children, Tanya (David) Williams and Tierny (Donnie) Stanton, both of Bartonville, IL, and Keith Stroemer of Glasford, IL; eight grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; one brother, Phil (Helen) Schmit of Ojai, CA; three sisters, Ann (Pat) Fahey of Brownsville, MN, Therese Buckley of Seattle, WA and Rita (Guy) Underdahl of Rock Hill, SC. Dick was preceded in death by his parents.
Memorials in Dick’s memory may be made to the Wounded Warriors Project, 230 West Monroe Street, Chicago, IL 60606. Friends may sign the online guestbook or send private condolences by logging onto Funeral arrangements were handled by Wright and Salmon Mortuary of Peoria, IL.