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Earl Schmitz

Earl Arthur Schmitz, 89, of Carey, passed away peacefully at his home on Friday, Sept. 8, 2023, surrounded by family.
Earl was born on March 1, 1934, to the late Norbert and Helen (Goshe) Schmitz. Earl attended school in Carey graduating in 1952. Shortly after, he married Alma Gosche, and the two were happily married for more than 69 years.
After graduating from high school, Earl entered the U.S. Army proudly serving his country. He was stationed at Fort Knox working in their tank division from 1954 until 1956. Earl returned to Carey and was employed for 23 years with The C & O Railway.
Earl’s true passions were building homes and historic preservation. Earl owned and operated Schmitz Designs, building numerous homes within the Carey community; he also turned the West Elementary School into apartments keeping the school’s original integrity. Earl also used his talents working as an inspector for Delaware County. In addition to his keen eye for architecture, Earl could often be found with his tool belt, in his garage tinkering on just about anything and restoring classic cars – especially Jaguars.
Earl was a lifelong member of Our Lady of Consolation Parish in Carey. Here, he willingly shared his talents whenever possible. In his younger years, Earl was active in The Knights of Columbus.
He will be missed by his wife Alma; children, Jan (Doug) Bonner, Kim Schmitz, Kris (Liz) Schmitz, Jill (Don) Marugg, and Tamara (Paul) Korchak; daughter-in-law, Mary Schmitz; grandchildren, Lindsay (Brian) Connolly, Nate Marugg, Olivia (Rob) Reuther, Addison Maly, Noah Schmitz, Jacob Schmitz and Melody Schmitz; great-grandson, Waylon Reuther; sisters-in-law, Diane and Janet Schmitz; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
In addition to his parents, Earl was preceded in death by his son, Kurt Schmitz; step-grandson, Ian Korchak; and siblings, Eugenia (Bud) Pieracini, Paul Schmitz, Robert Schmitz and Jim Schmitz.
Visitation will be held at Stombaugh-Batton Funeral Home, Carey, on Tuesday, Sept. 12, from 4 until 7 p.m. An 11 a.m. mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at Our Lady of Consolation Parish on Wednesday, Sept. 13. the Rev. Savio Manavalan, OFM Conv., will preside and burial will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Carey.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Earl’s honor to the Marion VA Clinic (1203 Delaware Avenue, Suite 2. Marion, OH 43302) or Our Lady of Consolation Church or School (315 Clay Street, Carey, OH 43316) or Parkinson’s Foundation of Northwest Ohio (150 W.S. Boundary PMB #202 Perrysburg, OH 43551). They can be sent to the funeral home.
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