Darrel Ray Schmidt, age 73, of Metropolis, passed away at 5:01 p.m. Monday, March 21, 2016 at Lourdes Hospital in Paducah, KY.
Darrel was born April 18, 1942 in the Mermet Community in Massac County. Darrel and his wife, Karol Kidd Schmidt, were united in marriage on July 18, 1960. He was a faithful member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Metropolis and was very active in the Church. Darrel retired as an Operations Supervisor at Electric Energy Incorporated (EEI) in Joppa, IL after 36 years of service. He grew up on a farm near Mermet with loving parents. Darrel was a hard working man, he enjoyed yard work and working on cars, he loved to piddle in his garage and he kept up with all sports. Darrel never met a stranger. Darrel and Karol enjoyed numerous trips to Florida to their condo and they also had a wonderful trip to the East Coast enjoying New York and the history of Virginia.
Darrel is survived by his wife, Karol Kidd Schmidt of Metropolis; one daughter, Sherry and Ron Kammler of West Frankfort; two sons, Terry Schmidt of Metropolis, Timothy and Brenda Schmidt of West Paducah; one grandson, Steven Schmidt of Metropolis; one granddaughter, Madison Schmidt of West Paducah; three great-grandchildren, Olivia, Lillian and Hildrey Schmidt of Metropolis.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Alfred and Alberta Martha Stratmeyer Schmidt.
The family would like to say thank you for all of the calls and letters sent during his time of illness.
Funeral services for Mr. Darrel Ray Schmidt will be at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, March 26, 2016 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Metropolis. Rev. Timothy Bean will be officiating.
Interment will follow at the Masonic Cemetery in Metropolis.
The family will receive friends Saturday morning from 10:00 a.m. until the funeral hour of 1:00 p.m. at the Church.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the St. Paul Lutheran Church or to the National Kidney Foundation, Inc, 30 East 33rd Street, New York, NY 10016.
Wilson Funeral Home in Karnak has been entrusted with arrangements.