Hilton J. Schmidt, age 97, of Saukville, Wisconsin passed away at his home on Tuesday, January 21, 2020.

He was born on October 5, 1922 in Elkhorn, WI; son of Wilhelm and “Hattie” Hedwig Von Gnechton Schmidt. His dad worked for the railroad and Hilton grew up in the Bayview area.

Hilton served in the 351st Infantry of the US Army from 1940 through 1945. As a truck driver and mechanic, Hilton served in Africa and Europe. Upon his return from service, Hilton worked as a mechanic for various auto dealerships throughout Milwaukee. He was blessed with six children.

Prior to retirement in 1990, Hilton worked for many years for Milwaukee County as a Master Mechanic in the transportation department. He had been a member of the AFSCME Union.

On October 22, 1982, Hilton would marry Constance Hamlett Jansen of Saukville in Mequon, WI.

Hilton had been a member of the Landt-Thiel American Legion Post 470 of Saukville and the Red Arrow Division Veterans Association. He was a proud participant of the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight in 2009. He was quite a gardener, growing grapes for making wine of which he proudly enjoyed. He was loved and will be missed by many.

He is survived by his wife Constance “Connie” of Saukville; his children Peter (Ann) Schmidt of Saukville, Steve (Karen) Schmidt of Beaverton, OR, Tim (Mary) Schmidt of Plymouth, Elizabeth “Liz” Schmidt-Call of Franklin, Leah McClung of Milwaukee and Paul Schmidt of Franklin; Connie’s children Jeffrey Jansen of Green Bay, WI, Gary Jansen of Saukville, Monica (Craig “Mooch”) Medinger of West Bend, Paulette (Brook Dillard) Jansen of Sacramento, CA and Mary (Jeff St. Peter) Jansen of Port Washington. Hilton is further survived by 16 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren; his brothers John (Jean) Schmidt of Seattle, Al Schmidt of St. Francis and Bill Schmidt of Boston, brother-in-law John Menning of Rochester, MN, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Hilton is preceded in death by his sisters Erma, Orma and Diane and his brothers Walter and Marvin.

Memorial funeral services will take place 1 PM Saturday, February 1, 2020 with military honors at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 1525 N. Grant Street, Port Washington, WI. Pastor Martin Wildauer will officiate. A light luncheon will follow the service at church.


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  1. My heartfelt condolences to Hilton’s family. I had the honor and privilege of accompanying Hilton on the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight’s maiden flight to Washington, D.C., as his guardian on Nov. 19, 2008. He shared a memory with me that I will never forget. What a kind and gentle soul. I have several photos of him from that memorable day. Please contact me if you would like them. Again, my deepest sympathy to your entire family.
    Vicki L. Depies
    Random Lake

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