Gerard “Gary” M. Schmitt, 81, Ireland

Gerard “Gary” M. Schmitt, 81, of Ireland, passed away at 3:37 a.m. on Monday, May 28, 2019, at home.

Gary was born in Ireland on February 28, 1938, to Edward and Justine (Renner) Schmitt. He married, the love of his life, Marlene Jahn, who he was married to for 51 years, on June 17, 1967, in St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper,

He was 1956 graduate of Ireland High School.

Gary was a United States Army Veteran.

He was a mechanic at DT Auto Service and Larry’s Service Center in Ireland for over 40 years.  After retirement he worked for Schroering’s Plumbing and Heating.

He was a very proud resident of Ireland, where he was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, the Ireland Sportsman Club, where he was a past director, the Ireland K of C, the Ireland Volunteer Fire Department for 26 years, the IVFA District 18, American Legion Post #147 and a past member of the Ireland Lions Club.

He umpired for many years for Ireland Youth Sports when his children were playing sports.

He was an avid sports fan, and especially enjoyed watching the Indiana Hoosiers, Indianapolis Colts, Indiana Pacers, St. Louis Cardinals, and his grandchildren play sports.  He also enjoyed playing cards, listening to music and attending country music shows.

Surviving are his wife, Marlene Schmitt, Ireland; one daughter, Kendra (Max) Renner, Boone Township; four sons, Shawn (Marissa) Schmitt, Ireland, Carey (Kim) Schmitt, Ireland, Brad Schmitt, Ireland, and Chad (Ashley) Schmitt, Evansville; and seven grandchildren.

Preceding him in death are two sisters, Seraphia Schmitt and Bibiana Pipher; and three brothers, Edmund, Januarius, and James Schmitt.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Gerard “Gary” M. Schmitt will be held at noon on Friday, May 31, 2019, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Ireland, with burial to follow in the church cemetery.  The American Legion Post #147 will conduct military gravesite rites.

A visitation will be held from 9 a.m. until the service time at the church on Friday.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary Catholic Church or to a favorite charity.

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