Richard Paul Schmitt - age: 95
(December 22, 1920 to September 13, 2016 )
Resident of Chicago, Illinois
Richard P. Schmitt, age 95, passed away peacefully at home on September 13, 2016; beloved husband of the late Gertrude M. Schmitt nee Dalacker; loving father of Richard (Pranee), Judith, Donald (Betsy) and Robert (Linda); cherished grandfather of Ronald, Allison Andrikokus (George), Emily Boutwell (David), Erin, Dana Mroczek (Joseph), Katie Hurley (Tim), Kevin and Brian; loving great grandfather of Kaitlyn Boutwell and Clara Andrikokus; brother of the late Frank L. Schmitt. Richard was born on December 22, 1920 to Frank and Rose Schmitt nee Weiss. He attended Lane Tech High School and was a graduate of Central YMCA College (later Roosevelt University). He was an accomplished trombonist and lifelong member of the Chicago Federation of Musicians. During his career, he played with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Lyric Opera Orchestra, the Grant Park Orchestra, and many Chicago musical theatre orchestras. He was a dedicated music teacher who inspired many generations of brass students. He also taught in the Chicago Public Schools for more than 25 years. Final arrangements will be private.