SAVANNA—Lee R. Schmidt, 104, of Savanna, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, at Allure of Mount Carroll nursing home.
Cremation rites have been accorded. There will be a graveside service at a later date.
Lee was born July 12, 1916, on the family farm north of Mount Carroll, the son of John and Matilda Schmidt. He attended rural country school in Mount Carroll. He quit school when his father passed from a car accident and worked for his neighbor for several years to help the family.
In the spring of 1941 he enlisted in the U.S. Army and eventually ended up as a Tech. Sergeant/radio operator. He proudly served with the 103rd infantry "Cannon Co." of the 43rd division in the Philippines and Luzon.
After the war he went to work for the Milwaukee Railroad in Elgin until his retirement in 1980. He kept an apartment in Savanna and came out on weekends to help his brother, Harold, on the farm. While in Elgin, he took classes at a community college and earned his G.E.D. He was especially proud of that achievement.
He is survived by several nieces and nephews.
Lee was preceded in death by his parents, John and Matilda; sisters, Alma, Olga, Leonore, Carolyn and Florence; and brothers, Herbert, Otto and George.
Any memorials to Lee may be given to the Savanna Veterans Memorial or the Salvation Army.