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Rev. Robert Schmidt

Rev. Robert Schmidt

Rev. Robert Marten Schmidt, 92, of Rockford, IL, formerly of Marissa, IL, born January 5, 1931 in Wright City, MO, passed away on Sunday December 17, 2023 at The Villas Senior Center in Sherman, IL. He was a retired minister. He was a graduate of Wright City High School in Wright City, MO  in 1949, Elmhurst College in Elmhurst, IL in 1957, Eden Theological Seminary in Webster Groves, MO  with a Bachelor’s Degree in 1960 and was ordained into the Christian Ministry of the United Church of Christ in 1960.  After his ordination, Rev. Schmidt served as a two-point charge pastor at St. John UCC in Chamois, MO, and Ebenezer UCC and in Riors, MO, from 1960-1964, pastor at St. John UCC in Cottleville, MO, from 1964 – 1966, pastor at Friedens UCC in Marissa, IL from 1966-1980 and pastor at Trinity UCC in LaSalle, Illinois from 1980-1996. He was later conferred the honor of being a Pastor Emeritus of Friedens UCC in Marissa and of Trinity UCC in LaSalle. After retirement, he moved to Tilden, IL.

Rev. Schmidt was preceded in death by his parents – Robert August and Carrie L. (Marten) Schmidt, who preceded him in 1979 and 1983 respectively and his beloved wife – the former Bernice Katherine Marie Haag, whom he married on December 28, 1958 at Christ UCC in Maplewood, MO, and who passed away on June 15, 2010.

Rev. Schmidt is survived by his 5 children – Karen M.(Michael) Klein of Florissant, MO, Karla M. Schmidt of Oregon, WI, Paul R. (Elaine) Schmidt of Belleville, IL, Robert A (Donna) Schmidt of Berrien Springs, MI, and Laura K. (Mike) Stroup of Rockford, IL, 10 grandchildren – Sarah (Ty) Ear, Rachel (Neil) Ghirarda, Nathan Schmidt, Alissa Klein, Matthew Klein, Anna Klein, Chelsey Schmidt, Isabella Schmidt, Jacob Stroup and Mya Stroup and 6 gr. grandchildren – Quincy Ear, Cecilia Ear, Milo Ear, Aubrina Ear, James Ghirarda and Julia Ghirarda.

Memorials may be made to Friedens UCC or the DuBois Center.

Visitation: 4 – 7 p.m. Thursday December 21, 2023 at Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in Marissa, IL and again from 9 – 10 a.m. on Friday December 22, 2023 at Friedens UCC in Marissa, IL

Funeral: Service will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday December 22, 2023 at Friedens UCC in Marissa, IL with Rev. Brett Palmer officiating. Interment will be in Wright City Cemetery in Wright City, MO.

Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in Marissa, IL is in charge of arrangements.

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  1. Bobbie Sherman says:

    It was my pleasure to know Bob and Bernice at Trinity UCC in
    La Salle, il. I enjoyed his sermons and Bernice was a lovely lady.

  2. Rev. Jan Johnson, AV, PBUCC says:

    I only saw Robert the one time at the Villa and was able to visit with Paul. Robert was an alumni of Elmhurst and so am I. He was an alumni of Eden and so am I. And he is finally made the journey to eternity! He has truly completed the three e’s: Elmhurst, Eden, Eternity! Robert’s family are all in my prayers especially through the holidays. He’s spending Christmas with Jesus this year!

  3. Phillip G Klein says:

    Robert was a good man and I enjoyed his company.

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  1. Robert was a good man and I enjoyed his company.

    Reply
  2. I only saw Robert the one time at the Villa and was able to visit with Paul. Robert was an alumni of Elmhurst and so am I. He was an alumni of Eden and so am I. And he is finally made the journey to eternity! He has truly completed the three e’s: Elmhurst, Eden, Eternity! Robert’s family are all in my prayers especially through the holidays. He’s spending Christmas with Jesus this year!

    Reply
  3. It was my pleasure to know Bob and Bernice at Trinity UCC in
    La Salle, il. I enjoyed his sermons and Bernice was a lovely lady.

    Reply

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