Merlin F. “Butch” Schmitt, 72, of Sheboygan Falls, passed away Monday, June 16, 2014, at his home.

Butch was born Dec. 11, 1941, in Sheboygan, son of the late Norbert and Magdalen (Wifler) Schmitt. He was a 1959 graduate of Sheboygan Falls High School.

Following high school, Butch served in the U.S. Army.

On April 24, 1982, Butch married Mary Beth Baenen in Green Bay.

Butch worked as a salesman for Richardson Lumber Co. for over 30 years until his retirement in 2006.

Butch was a member of Blessed Trinity Parish in Sheboygan Falls.

He served as a dedicated volunteer for St. Nicholas Home Health & Hospice, Sheboygan Falls Auxiliary Police, Meals on Wheels, and was currently Sheboygan County Veterans Memorial treasurer.

His hobbies included travel, playing cards, NASCAR, Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Brewers, and relaxing with his cat Maggie in his favorite La-Z-Boy. He also enjoyed listening to country western music, cutting the lawn, playing golf, and taking trips to Chester’s Drive-In.

He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Mary Beth; two sisters, Mary Ann (Bernard) McCall of Green Bay and Lorraine (Dick) Schaap of Sheboygan Falls; one brother, Ray (Lynn) Schmitt of Sheboygan Falls; five sisters-in-law, Jackie (Norb) Nooyen of Luxemburg, Susan (fiancé, Michael) Puyleart of Green Bay, Joyce (Tim) Smith of De Pere, Theresa (Kevin) Horton of Ontario, Canada, and Donna Baenen of Manitowoc; and five brothers-in-law, Harry (Cheryl) Baenen, Jim (Pat) Baenen, Dave (Carol) Baenen, Fritz (Pat) Baenen and Lloyd (Julie) Baenen, all of Green Bay. He is further survived by many nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

Butch was preceded in death by his parents, Norbert and Magdalen Schmitt and his parents-in-law, Joseph and Verda Baenen.

A Mass of Christian Burial to celebrate Butch’s life was held Thursday evening, June 19, at Blessed Trinity Parish in Sheboygan Falls with the Rev. Bob Lotz officiating. Burial and military honors took place at St. Mary Catholic Cemetery in Sheboygan Falls.

A memorial fund has been established in Butch’s name for Meals on Wheels, St. Nicholas Home Health & Hospice, and the Sheboygan County Veterans Memorial.

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The staff of the Wenig Funeral Home of Sheboygan Falls (920-467-3431) is assisting the Schmitt family with arrangements.

The family would like to extend their appreciation to the Town of Sheboygan Falls First Responders, Sheboygan County Sheriff Department, and Orange Cross for their professionalism and caring concern.

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