Walter E. Schmidt
SUDLERSVILLE — Walter Ernst Schmidt of Sudlersville died on Monday, July 3, 2017, in University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Chestertown. He was 87 years old.
Mr. Schmidt was born in Dover, Del., the son of the late Oscar and Else Schmidt. He graduated from Sudlersville High School and attended the University of Maryland. In 1956, Mr. Schmidt spent five months in Austria as part of the International Farm Youth Exchange. As life progressed, Mr. Schmidt served as president of the Maryland IFYE Alumni Association and served as a director of the National IFYE Alumni Association.
Grain and livestock farming his entire life, Mr. Schmidt was a 4-H club leader for 10 years and served on the Maryland 4-H Older Youth Council. He was a member of the 4-H All-Stars, and his service to the agriculture community continued through his service as a past president of the Queen Anne’s County Farm Bureau and a former director of the Maryland State Farm Bureau, and he was a former member of the Independent Pork Producers Association.
Other activities and services he enjoyed were his service as a member of the Queen Anne’s County Forestry Conservation Board. Mr. Schmidt was a past member and chairman of the Queen Anne’s County Planning and Zoning Board for 15 years, and a charter member of the Sudlersville Ruritan Club, a past chairman of the Kent School board. Mr. Schmidt served as a member of the Kent & Queen Anne’s Hospital board for 19 years and served as president for two of those years. He served as a director of the Sudlersville Bank and later served on the Centreville National Bank board, where he also served as chairman of the board. Mr. Schmidt was a longtime member of the Delaware Saengerbund and Dover German American Club.
Mr. Schmidt was inducted into the Maryland Agriculture Hall of Fame in 2007; he was a very active member of the Calvary-Asbury United Methodist Church in Sudlersville, where he served for many years, including chairman of the Administrative Council, the Building Committee and volunteering in the food pantry.
Mr. Schmidt enjoyed dancing, traveling, gardening and working around his home.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Schmidt is predeceased by a brother, Oscar A. Schmidt.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Nancy Rice Schmidt; two sons, Hans W. Schmidt and his wife Jennie and Alan W. Schmidt and wife Brenda, all of Sudlersville; grandchildren Zachary, Katrina, Jacob and Tyler Schmidt; and one sister, Christa Pederson of Middletown, Del., also survives him.
Funeral services were held Monday, July 10, in the Calvary-Asbury United Methodist Church, Sudlersville. Interment followed church services in Sudlersville Cemeter y, Sudlersville.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions in his memory to CalvaryAsbury United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 202, Sudlersville, MD 21668; or the Maryland 4-H Foundation Inc., Maryland 4-H Center, 8020 Greenmead Drive, College Park, MD 207404000; or Wells for Ghana, 24321 Shore Highway, Denton, MD 21629.