William F. Schmidt, Jr. Obituary

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William F. Schmidt, Jr. (February 18, 1938 – July 20, 2018)


William Fred Schmidt, Jr., of Spiro, Oklahoma, died Friday, July 20, 2018. Bill was born in Kansas City, Missouri, on February 18, 1938, to Mary Helen (Susie) and William F. (Bill) Schmidt. Although he lived in Kansas City, Fort Worth, and Amarillo with his parents and his younger sister, Sara, the extensive time he spent with his mother’s family in the west Texas town of Balmorhea truly shaped his character and view of life.


Bill attended the University of Texas at Austin and was a proud member of Texas Alpha Chapter of Phi Kappa Psi. He graduated from The University with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in 1960 and entered the banking business training at the bank in Beaver, Oklahoma. After a year, he moved to Houston, Texas, to join MacGregor National Bank.


In 1966, Bill became Chairman of the Board and President of Spiro State Bank. He spent the rest of his life dedicated to providing high quality banking services to the community that was his home for over fifty years. He served as President of the Independent Bankers Association of Oklahoma in 1977 – 1978 and as its Chairman of the Board in 1978 – 1979.


He was proud of his work advocating for community banking in the state. He took a great interest in supporting local education, area community development and agriculture, and the Spiro Area Chamber of Commerce awarded him their Lifetime Achievement Award.


Bill enjoyed a full life. He was known as an avid storyteller and for his sense of humor. He was an accomplished fisherman traveling to parts of Mexico, the Gulf of Mexico, and to Canada where he fished annually for over 25 years. Bill enjoyed road trips across the United States experiencing the natural beauty of our country, and he was passionate about history. Bill lived in Oklahoma for most of his life, but he was a Texan at heart. Devoted to Texas Longhorn sports, he was never happier drinking whisky and water, with a cigar in hand, watching the Longhorns win. Hook’em!


Bill is preceded in death by his wife Darlene Harris Schmidt, his parents Mary Helen Moore Schmidt and William Fred Schmidt, Sr., his brother-in-law Damon Philip Smith, III, and nephews, Damon Philip Smith, IV, and Tatum Cummings Smith.


He is survived by his daughters and sons-in-law: Debbie and Ty Barrett of Fort Smith, Arkansas, Cecilia and Timothy Yi of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Sally Anne Schmidt and Marc Tabolsky of Houston, Texas; grandchildren William Kaleb Yi, Abigail Yi, Catie Barrett, Julia Schmidt Tabolsky, and Sarah Schmidt Tabolsky; uncle J.T. Moore, Jr. and wife Betty Jane of Dallas, Texas; sister Sara Smith of New Canaan, Connecticut, and nephew, Casey Smith of Austin, Texas. He is also survived by his step-sons and their spouses Phillip David and Michelle Green and F. Lee Green and Ed Laningham all of Fayetteville, Arkansas; and grandchildren Christina Green and Aaron Green.


The Schmidt family would like to thank Karen Stewart, Karla Nichols, Roberta Oakes, Tess Whitaker, and Sydney Kordus from PRN Medical Services and the staff from Kindred at Home, Butterfield Place, and Grace at Home.


In lieu of flowers, the family has requested memorial contributions be made either to the Spiro School Foundation for Excellence in Education, P.O. Box 127, Spiro, OK 74959; for undergraduate scholarships at the University of Texas at Austin, University Development Office, P.O. Box 7458, Austin, TX 78713 (ph. 512-471-5424); or a charity of your choice.


A gathering of friends and family will be held Tuesday, July 24, 2018 at Mallory-Martin Funeral Home from 5:30 – 7:30.



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