Robert James “Pee Wee” Schmidt
October 25, 1945 ‒ December 11, 2008
LUCAS~ Robert James “Bob” “Pee Wee” Schmidt, age 63, of Lucas, passed away Thursday afternoon December 11, 2008 in the James Cancer Clinic in Columbus following a courageous year-long battle with cancer.
He was born October 25, 1945 in Detroit, Michigan to Steven and Lucille (Lajeonesse) Schmidt, his family moved to Mansfield while Bob was a child, and he remained a lifelong area resident.
A US Navy veteran, Bob served aboard the USS Sarsfield.
For 43 years he worked as a long distance truck driver, serving several companies and logging miles into all 48 contiguous United States, and the Canadian Provinces. He lent his nickname to his own transportation company: Pee Wee Express, from which he retired as owner and operator.
Pee Wee had a strong work ethic; he was truly dedicated to truck driving, and even took family vacations in the truck. A die-hard Cleveland Browns fan, Pee Wee enjoyed golfing with his sons, and had a funny, happy sense of humor.
He is survived by his wife Janet P. (Spence) Schmidt, whom he married February 21, 1970; his son and daughter-in-law Ronnie & Melinda Schmidt of Crestline; his son Robert J. Schmidt, Jr. of Mansfield; his son Troy Schmidt of Lucas; a granddaughter Jamie Nicole Schmidt; a step grandson Ronnie Smith; brothers and sisters-in-law Donald & Lois Schmidt of Aurora, Colorado and Steve & Anita Schmidt of Wadsworth; a sister and brother-in-law Clara & Raymond Kingdom in Wisconsin; and several nieces and nephews.
The Schmidt Family will receive friends Monday, December 15, 2008 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home, where the funeral service will immediately follow at 2:30 p.m. Casual dress is requested. Pee Wee will be taken to Oak Grove Memorial Park for burial atop his semi-truck trailer. Military honors at the cemetery will be provided by American Legion Post #535, Bellville.
Memorial contributions to James Cancer Clinic may be made at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be made to the family by visiting: www.snyderfuneralhomes.com