Wal­ter E. Sch­midt

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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.

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