Charles E. SchmidNovember 10, 1921 ~ December 21, 2017 (age 96)
Charles Edward Schmid, age 96, passed away on Thursday, December 21, 2017, at his home. He was a resident of Rossford, OH, for 58 years. He came to the Toledo area in 1958 to run the Toledo office of Mutual of Omaha, as their general agent. His career required moving his family six times in seven years, from Nebraska, to Kansas, Indiana, North Carolina, and Ohio. The family moved to Rossford in 1959 and were happy to settle there.
Charles was born on Nov. 10, 1921, in Lancaster, Missouri, to George and Partha Schmid, the second of two sons. Lancaster was a small, rural community where self sufficiency was expected and required. Charles’ first job, at the age of 14, was delivering groceries. The grocer was more concerned about whether he could lift 50 pounds of flour than if he could drive the truck.
Like many of his generation, he grew up during the Depression and was then rocketed into global affairs by WWII. He graduated with an accounting degree from Northeast Missouri State Teacher’s College (now Truman University) in Kirksville. He joined the US Navy as a gunnery officer on the Edwin A. Howard, a newly commissioned destroyer escort which traveled from Texas to the Mediterranean, the Panama Canal, and then the Philippines. After the war, they went to Japan, before returning to California. The young person from rural Missouri went from Pompeii to Tokyo, via Pongo Pongo.
Charles grew up during the Depression, without electricity or indoor plumbing. In his twenties, dramatic changes in daily life became customary—ubiquitous cars and manufactured stuff, TV, jet travel, antibiotics, plastics, microelectronics, etc. He emerged from the doldrums of the Depression with a positive faith in imminent, novel possibilities.
Charles met his wife Marjorie in college. They were married in 1946, and had twin postwar baby boomers, George and Cathy, in 1947. They celebrated their 71st wedding anniversary in February 2017. Charles survived Marjorie by five months.
After leaving Mutual of Omaha, he turned to other areas—sales management, real estate, and teaching. He owned Concord Real Estate, worked for Walter Berman & Company, and later taught small business management at Owens CC and Penta County. He was a good salesman. He was sympathetic, enjoyed conversation, and was never condescending. He said he retired three times—each time expecting to settle down to gardening, spraying fruit trees, tending honey bees, refinishing antiques, woodworking, and walking his dogs. He caned chairs, cut glass, built a wood lathe, reupholstered sofas, and did home repairs. His rural Missouri background of making do served him well.
Charles’ neighbors may remember him for his faithful dogs, the jars of honey he distributed at Christmas, and his affection for wry chats.
He is survived by his two children, George and Cathy, three grandsons, David Brent Essinger, Charles Quincy Essinger, and Joel Stewart Schmid, and two great grandchildren, June and Levin Essinger. In-laws are Ann Sigafus Schmid, Nicholas Essinger, Alice Nelson Essinger and Yukiko Doi Essinger.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, January 6, 2018 at the Sujkowski Funeral Home of Rossford, 830 Lime City Rd. from 5 to 8 PM. A private burial will be held at a later date in Missouri. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations might be made in his name to the Wood County Humane Society.
Wood County Humane Society
4801 Van Camp Rd., Bowling Green OH 43402