Ralph “Mike” Schmitz, 83, of W James Drive, Port Washington died Tuesday, July 5, 2011 at Heritage Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Port Washington.
He was born in Port Washiington on January 10, 1928 to Walter “Bubbly” and Rosalie Betz Schmitz. At the age of 16 he left school to enlist in the United States Navy and serve in World War Two. on April 23,1949 he married Carol Neuhengen at St. Mary’s Church in Port Washington. He worked for AT&T starting out as a lineman and retired in 1982 as a supervisor. She preceded him in death October 25, 2003.
Mike was an avid golfer and took many trips throughout the country to play golf. He also volunteered at the PGA tour stops at Whistling Straits. He was a member of the Van Ells – Schanen American Legion Post 82 in Port Washington and was there for their very first smelt fry and worked every one until he was no longer able. He cherished being on the first Honor Flight to Washington D.C. and liked to share his memories of the trip. He enjoyed spending time with family at the cottage in Mercer, Wisconsin and being with friends at Harry’s Restaurant in downtown Port Washington.
He is survived by he daughter Shelly (Mark) Kichura of Port Washington, grandchildren Kyle (Nichole) Kichura of Brown Deer, Evan (Amanda Keller) Kichura, Ross Kichura and Alyssa Kichura all of Port Washington and his great granddaughter Grace Kichura. Further survived by sisters Mary Jane (Armin) Schwanz of Port Washington and Dorothy Schelong of Whitefish Bay, sister-in-law Beverly Schmitz of Destin, FL, other relatives and friends. Preceded by a daughter Sharon Schmitz and brothers Wallace Schmitz and Thomas Schmitz.
The Rev. Thomas Lijewski will celebrate Mass of Christian Burial 6:30 pm Friday, July 8, 2011 at St. Mary’s Church, 430 N Johnson Street, Port Washington. Interment St. Mary’s Cemetery. Visitation 4pm – 6:30pm Friday AT CHURCH. Memorials to the Honor Flight ( Honor Flight Donation c/o Veterans Service, Office PO Box 994, Port Washington, WI 53074) or the Kidney Foundation appreciated.