FLORENCE, OR. - Theodore "Ted" Henry Schmidt Jr., age 83 years, passed away on August 6, 2014, in Florence, Oregon.
Ted was preceded in death by his parents Theodore Henry and Josephine (Kruzewski) Schmidt Sr. and by his beloved wife of 52 years Mary-Jane Jackson Schmidt.
He is survived by his children Wendy (John) Wells of Florence, Oregon; Jody (Mike Saum) Schmidt of Grove City, Ohio; and Beth Jackson of San Diego, California; grandchildren Cory (Amanda) Wells, Hallie Wells, Evan Wells, Laura Jack, and Michelle Jack; great-grandchildren Katelyn Wells, Addison Wells, and Harrison Wells; his sister Eleanor (Alan) Raymond of Marquette, Michigan, and their children Dwight (Youngae), Licia (Chris), Jorie (Rob) and Ted (Kaye); and many friends and relatives.
Ted was born in Highland Park, New Jersey, and was graduated on an academic scholarship from Rutgers University with a B.S. in Chemistry. In 1952, he married Mary-Jane Jackson. Ted began his career in New York City as a research chemist for National Lead/Dutch Boy Paints. Ted became a salesman for Stauffer Chemicals and was transferred to Columbus, Ohio.
Subsequently, he was employed for more than thirty years with Eton-Colby Chemical Company. Ted acquired extensive experience and knowledge in the field of industrial chemicals that afforded his clients expertise in many commercial applications. He was a trusted consultant, a loyal friend and confidant, and a generous and giving father and husband.
Ted had a deep faith in Jesus Christ as his Lord and Saviour, and he lived a life that expressed those values. Ted was a gifted scholar, artist, craftsman and athlete, an Eagle Scout, a 54-year member of University Lodge #631 F. & A.M., an Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite Mason, and a long-time member of Aladdin Shrine band.
In 1994, Ted and Mary-Jane relocated to their beloved dream home in Marquette. Ted loved his Marquette friends and the beauty of the people and of the natural wonders of the Upper Peninsula.
In 2012 following his diagnosis of Alzheimer's, Ted made the difficult decision to move to Florence, Oregon; and he chose his cherished daughter Wendy to assist him with his living arrangements. Ted gratefully praised all the skilled, loving and attentive care that Wendy provided until his passing.
The family is thankful for all the loyal and caring friends and family members who helped Ted, including Spruce Pointe staff and Peace Harbor Hospice staff for his excellent care during his time in Florence.
A memorial service will be held at a future date.