Hermann Karl Schmidt died on March 10 surrounded by his family after a short and courageous battle with brain cancer at the age of 83.
Hermann was born in Germany on September 19, 1935 in Nurnberg Germany. During his youth he played semi pro soccer in Germany, traveled Europe on bicycle, was a member of the German Ski patrol, boy scouts, and was certified in explosives.
At the age of 21, he immigrated to the United States and shortly after started his business (Hermann K Schmidt Heating Air Conditioning and Plumbing) with his best friend Fritz Foster. He worked there up to a couple of months ago.
Hermann married the love his life Arlene Marie Schmidt in 1964. Together they raised 3 children and enjoyed spending time together. They loved to travel, especially to Germany, Maine, South Carolina, and Florida.
Hermann loved his career and traveling, but nothing was more important than his family. Hermann enjoyed going to his grand children’s games and recitals. Most weekends you could find him on ball field, basketball court, or enjoying a recital. Hermann also volunteered with the Boy Scouts, Little League, Ski Club, and helped start the Chatham Soccer Club. The other things he enjoyed doing was telling stories and talking politics.
Hermann was predeceased by his wife Arlene (Adams). He is survived by his son Michael (Lisa Lewis), daughter Heidi (Michael) Cottini, and his son Erich (Michelle). Also survived by beloved grandchildren Amy, Adam, Alex, Ryan, and Savannah. Mr. Schmidt also will be missed by his brothers Norbert and Bernhardt, his sister Christa, his niece Laurie Layton (her son Tanner), and other nieces and a nephew.
Calling hours will be Thursday, March 14th from 6-8pm at the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, Valatie. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday,March 16th, 5pm, at the West Ghent Reformed Church. In lieu of flowers the family request donations be made to Community Hospice of Columbia Greene or to a charity of ones choosing.