Jan 10, 2014 - StaffEmanuel R. "Smitty" Schmidt, of Lander, died Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014, at home. He was 93 years old.
Per his request, there will be no services.
Emanuel R. Schmidt was born Aug. 12, 1920, in Lander, the son of Jacob and Elizabeth (Rein) Schmidt.
After he graduated from Riverton High School in 1938, he enlisted in the 115th Cavalry of Wyoming. When World War II started, he transferred into the 515th Parachute Division and served in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. He returned to the states at the end of the war, settling in Riverton for several years before moving to Washington.
He owned and operated Smitty's Auto Body Shop for many years and also worked at Northern State Hospital in Sedro-Woolley, Wash., before he retired.
He and his wife traveled a great deal in later years, always returning to Riverton, his second home.
He was a lifelong member of the 115th Cavalry Association of Wyoming.
He is survived by his wife of 74 years, Nora; daughters Lynn Hamilton and her husband Rick and Lore Schmidt; grandchildren Janice Gill and Neil Hamilton; and great-grandchildren Nicholas, Thomas J., Ricky, Makayla and Gavin.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Jake Schmidt and Henry Schmidt; and sisters Katherine Schmidt, Elizabeth Turner and Marguerite Dow-Mowery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Clear Lake Fire Fighters Association, P.O. Box 186, Clear Lake, WA 98235, or a charity of the donor's choice.
Arrangements are under the direction of Lemley Funeral Chapel of Sedro-Woolley, Wash.
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