Delane "Smitty" Schmidt, 79, of Payne, passed away Friday, March 14, 2014 at Van Wert Inpatient Hospice Center.
Delane was born in Dixon, Ohio on July 30, 1934, a son of the late Luella (Shaffer) and Albie Schmidt.
He served in the U.S. Army from 1955 to 1957. Delane retired in 1996 as machine repairman at Chrysler Corp; was a member of Divine Mercy Catholic Parish; Payne American Legion & Amvets and Van Wert VFW Post.
On Feb. 7, 1959 he married Donnie Lumsden.
He will be sadly missed by his wife, Donnie; son, Bruce Eugene (Brenda) of Payne; siblings, Lloyd (Joanie) of Montrose, CO, Theresa (John) Grutsch of Fort Wayne & Darlene (Charles) Boettler of Lakewood, CO; 5 grandchildren & 3 great grandchildren.
Delane was also preceded in death by his son Edward Joseph & brother, Lewis.
Viewing is Monday 4-7:30 pm, with the rosary recited at 7:30 pm at Dooley Funeral Home, 5761 SR 500, Payne, where viewing is also, Tuesday 9-9:30 am.
His Funeral Mass is at Divine Mercy Catholic Church, Payne, at 10 am on Tuesday, March 18th.
Delane will be laid to rest at St. John the Baptist Catholic Cemetery.
Memorials are to Autism Research Foundation.
Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com