John William Schmidt, 86, of Dardenne Prairie MO, passed away on Friday 3 March 2023.
John was born on 4 January 1937 to John D. and Alice Schmidt at Mercy Hospital in Denver, CO. After John graduated from Strasburg High School in 1954, he went on to study Aeronautical Engineering at University of Colorado Boulder.
John was part of the ROTC program at university so after graduating with a degree in Aeronautical Engineering in 1958, he immediately entered the Air Force performing maintenance on the aircraft. After his discharge, John started work for McDonnell Aircraft in 1964 starting a 33-year career in the Aerospace industry. In addition, he joined the Missouri Air National Guard where he retired as a Lt. Colonel in 1987.
In 1959, John married Suzanne Rischen at Pierson IA. John and Suzanne went on to have three children, John, Michael, and Kimberly.
In 1998, John retired and spent his time pursuing his passions. He was a volunteer for the charity Wings of Hope where he became CFO in 2005 and was awarded CFO of the Year: Small Nonprofits by the St. Louis Business Journal in 2011. He was also very active in the choir at Dardenne Presbyterian Church, served as the treasurer of his condo association, and volunteered at the Greater St. Louis Flight Instructors Association (GSLFIA).
John was predeceased by parents John Daniel and Alice Schmidt; son John Carl Schmidt. He is survived by his wife Suzanne; his sister Carolyn Cowherd; children Kimberly J. Allen, Michael S. Schmidt; grandchildren Sophia and Connor Allen.
Services will be held at Dardenne Presbyterian Church on 30 March 2023 at with a visitation at 10:00 am, services starting at 11:00 am. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Wings of Hope, an organization John felt strongly about.