Lester Peter Schmitz, 88, of Plymouth, WI has gone to fish in the big trout stream in the sky, on August 7, 2015.

Lester was born on October 17, 1926 in the town of Taycheeah WI. Son of the late John L. and Josephine (Knaus) Schmitz. He attended St. Peter Grade School, then attended Roosevelt High School.

Lester served in the United States Army from 1951-1952 serving in the Korean War. He married Cecilia M. Gau on July 21 1951, in St Cloud, WI. Lester was a member of St. John the Baptist Church in Plymouth, WI. He worked in the enamel shop at Kohler Co from 1950 until he retired in 1989. At that time he lived on the great onion river, and enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening, playing cards and watching sports. Dad loved growing flowers to share with anyone who visited. Every grandchild was taught to fish, from both the river and the pond, which he kept well stocked for them.

Lester is survived by his loving wife of 64 years: Cecilia as well as three Sons: Michael (Kathleen) Schmitz of Sheboygan Falls, WI, Daniel (Vickie) Schmitz of Plymouth, WI and Ronald Schmitz (special friend Tammy), of Bradley, IL; two daughters: Marie (Richard) Kalies of Denmark, WI, and Julie (Jeffrey) Ritzman, of Appleton, WI; nine grandchildren: Christopher Schmitz of Sheboygan, Ryan (Erin) Schmitz of Brown Deer, Angela Schmitz of Milwaukee, Bart (Krystal) Schmitz of Sheboygan, Sandy (Jeff) Appel of Indianapolis, IN, Jason (Laura) Kalies of Apple Valley MN, Sara (fiance Dr. James Morgan) Kalies of Wythville, VA, Jaclyn Ritzman of Wichita KS and Joshua Ritzman of Appleton; three great grandchildren: Alicia Delabreau, Drew and Belin Appel.

He is further survived by sister Lillian (James) Foote of Fond du lac, WI; and brothers: Eugene (Mae) Schmitz of Green Bay, WI and John Schmitz of Brookfield, WI; sisters- in-law: Cleopha Gau and Marie Gau both of Fond du Lac; brothers- in- Law: Bernard Gau of St. Peter, Brother John Gau O.F.M. of Appleton and Roy Lefeber of Mt. Calvery.

He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Lester was preceded in death by his parents and son Gerard D. Schmitz; sisters: Veronica Entringer, Alice Behrens, Dolores Kelly, Loretta Bittner; and brothers: Arnold Schmitz, Francis Schmitz and Albert Schmitz.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday evening, August 11, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Plymouth. Father Dan Volkert, pastor of the Church officiated. Burial took place in the St. John the Baptist Parish Cemetery.

Visitation was held at the church on Tuesday, August 11.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund is being established in Lester’s name.

VFW World Cheese Center Post #5612 will conduct Military Rites at the Church following the services.

The Suchon Funeral Home and Cremation

Services of Plymouth is serving the family. For online condolences, please visit www.suchonfh.com.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Andrea Gavin, Sara Jabs, their staff and everyone at Aurora Palliative and Hospice care. Special thank you to Ruth Williams and her staff at Hope Inspired Home Care for the loving care given in the last 8 months of Lester’s life.

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