Obituary of Gerald Delmar "Jerry" Schmidt
Gerald Delmar "Jerry" Schmidt, 86, of Bay City, our hardworking, quick-witted, humorous, charming, and loving father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend passed away on the afternoon of Sunday, October 1, 2017 at McLaren Bay Region. Jerry was born on September 12, 1931 in Bay City to the late Delmar and Bertha (Techlin) Schmidt. Jerry graduated with the first class of T.L. Handy High School in 1949. While in high school, Jerry met the love of his life, the former Marilyn “Joyce” Mead. After giving Joyce a ride home from the ice skating rink in his Model T, the two dated, fell in love, and were united in marriage. Jerry and Joyce enjoyed 63 wonderful years of marriage before her passing on September 20, 2016. Jerry served in the National Guard during the Korean War and for many years after. He was also a Lineman for Consumers Power for over 40 years, a job he always felt very fortunate to have. He was an active member of Messiah Lutheran Church and the B.P.O.E. Elks Club. Jerry’s favorite pastime was woodworking, building furniture for his home and handcrafting birdhouses and stools that he loved to give away. He was also a car fanatic and enjoyed yard work. Jerry leaves to cherish his memory, his children, Becky (Dave) Matthews and Delmar Schmidt; grandchildren, Aaron Schaefer and Molly (Richard) Mielens; great-grandchildren, Alexis and Nathaniel Schaefer; sister, Carol Callahan; brother-in-law, Lloyd Mead; life-long friends, Glen & Helen Traxler, and many nieces, nephews, and friends. In addition to his loving wife and parents, Jerry was welcomed home to heaven by his loving daughter, Lynne Schaefer. Jerry's family will be present to receive visitors on Thursday, October 5, 2017 from 10:00 AM until the time of his 11:00 AM Memorial Service at Messiah Lutheran Church, 501 S. Catherine St., Bay City. Rev. Andreas Teich will officiate with private interment to follow. Memorial contributions may be directed to Messiah Lutheran Church. Final arrangements have been entrusted to Skorupski Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 955 N. Pine Rd., Hampton Twp. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family online at www.skorupskis.com.