Obit: William Schmidt


William “Bill” Ivan Schmidt, age 78, of Powell, Ohio and formerly of Hebron, Ohio, passed away peacefully on Dec. 26, 2018 at Willow Brook Christian Home in Worthington, Ohio. Bill was a loving husband, father, grandfather and a true gentleman – selfless, hardworking and a doer for others.

Calling hours were held on Sunday, Dec. 30 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Rutherford Funeral Home at Powell, 450 W. Olentangy St., Powell, Ohio 43065.

A private family graveside service was held on Monday, Dec. 31 at Resurrection Cemetery in Lewis Center, Ohio.

Contributions may be made to OhioHealth Hospice in Bill’s memory, 800 McConnell Dr., Columbus, OH 43214.

Arrangements by Rutherford Funeral Home at Powell. Please send condolences to

Bill was born on Oct. 15, 1940 in Muscatine to the late Carl and Areta (Snell) Schmidt. He graduated from Muscatine High School and went on to earn his bachelor degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Iowa. Bill spent 44 years in a career he loved at many of the top manufacturing facilities, including Motorola, Samsonite, Ranco and Miba Bearings. He retired in 2007 and celebrated by taking the whole family to Disney. Bill loved to fix things and work on home improvement projects. No job was too big for him. When he wasn’t working on the lake house or cheering the Iowa Hawkeyes, he loved golfing, boating, traveling and spending time with his grandkids. They were his pride and joy. He entertained them often with boat rides, fishing and his Fourth of July fireworks.

Bill is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Kathy (Barry) Schmidt; his children: Greg (JoAnn) Schmidt of La Porte City, Iowa, Lisa (Scott) Davidson of Hilliard, Ohio, Kathleen (Jim) Burke of Delaware, Ohio and Julie (John) Parimuha of Westerville, Ohio; his grandchildren: Steven (Sarah) Schmidt, Matthew (Morgan) Burke, Katie Burke, Jake Davidson, Sophia Parimuha, Isabella Parimuha, Adam Jobgen and Matt Jobgen; his sisters Sharon (Harley) Steinke and Joanne Massey; his brother-in-law Ric (Betsy) Barry; sisters-in-law Jeannine (Doug) Schrock and Lynne (Bob) Hofstetter; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents, in-laws Ray and Kay Barry and his granddaughter Lauren Schmidt.

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