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Jeffrey Schmidt

Jeffrey Schmidt

Monday, September 7th, 1942 - Sunday, May 3rd, 2020
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Obituary

On May 3, 2020, Dr. Jeffrey S. Schmidt, loving husband, and father of two daughters, passed away peacefully at the age of 77. Arrangements have been entrusted to Starks & Menchinger Chapel. Those wishing to leave an online condolence may do so at www.starks-menchinger.com.

Jeff was born on Sept. 7, 1942, in Detroit, to Karl and Julia Schmidt. He attended the University of Detroit and graduated from the University of Detroit Dental School in 1965. Following, he served in the U.S. Army Medical Corp as a Captain, stationed at Ireland Army Hospital, Fort Knox, Ky., from 1965 to 1967. On May 15, 1965, he married the love of his life, Meredith (Micki) Hall. Together they had two daughters, Christine and Jennifer, and six grandchildren: Jessica, Jack, Hallie, Hannah, Matthew and River.

Following his military duty, he and his family moved to Southwest Michigan, making their home in St. Joseph, where he joined the dental practice of Drs. Fred and Bill Rahn before opening his own practice for many years on Niles Road until he retired in 2012. He was a guest lecturer in forensic dentistry at the University of Michigan and a member of the Michigan Dental Association, where he co-founded the Forensic Dental Identification Team and served as a Team Section Leader in 1987.

Jeff received numerous fellowships and public awards, holding appointed positions with the City of St. Joseph, the County of Berrien, the State of Michigan and the Federal Government. Additionally, he was selected to serve in the United States Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team (DMORT) post 911.
Jeff expressed that he could not have achieved these accomplishments without the women in his life, including: his mother, Julia; grandmother, Baba; wife, Meredith; daughters, Christine and Jennifer; and his dedicated dental staff, who were like family to him. He was also extremely grateful to his father, Karl Schmidt, who taught him the importance of family and hard work and made all this possible.

He is survived by his sister, Linda Walker; brother, William Schmidt; his wonderful nieces and nephews; wife, Meredith; daughters, Christine Thome (John) and Jennifer (Deidre); and his grandchildren, whom he adored.
Jeff actually wrote this obituary himself. His friends know how much he enjoyed planning his trips, and they will chuckle when they realize he got to plan his last one. A celebration of Jeff’s life will be celebrated with friends and family at a later date.
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Ed Guyer

Posted at 06:35pm
You were a beacon in my life for many years. Thank you for all your support over the years. Rest In Peace Jeff. With loving memories,

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Love, Carol Piaskowski

Posted at 07:44pm
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Dr. Ed Guyer

Posted at 06:47pm
It was so shocking and saddening to learn of Jeff’s passing. It was an honor to be his friend. We shared innumerable lunches over the years which were so enjoyable. He was an exemplary person. My sincere condolences go out to Micki and to all family members.
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Posted at 12:22am
He was a great one Micki! You and your daughters are in my thoughts a prayers.
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Jim Allen

Posted at 12:14am
Truly a prince of a man who cared about his family, his community and his profession. I was honored to have known him and consider him a colleague. Always a smile and warm greeting. He will be missed by so many.
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