ATC Leo Wilson Schmidt, Jr. (January 12, 1948 – May 25, 2020)
ATC Leo W. Schmidt, Jr. died the morning of May 25, 2020 in Virginia Beach, VA. Leo had several health problems, but his heart is what finally gave out. He died with his wife at his side.
Leo was born in Morristown, NJ to Leo Wilson and Louise Beatrice Schmidt. He had five brothers, Warren, Fredrick, Joseph, Gary, Kevin, and a sister, Darleen. Leo grew up in Mendham, NJ and attended West Morris Regional High School where he met and married his high school sweetheart, Pamela Husni on August 12, 1967 in Mendham, NJ. Leo joined the Navy and left for bootcamp right after they were married. He spent four years in the Navy as an ADJ (Jet Mechanic). He then moved his family to Edmond, Oklahoma where he worked as a motorcycle mechanic. He rejoined the Navy in 1976. The Navy retrained him to be an avionic technician. He was then stationed in Virginia where he would go on cruises aboard carriers and saw the world. He was aboard the USS Nimitz when a plane crashed on the flight deck. He was among the sailors that fought the fire to save the ship. Leo retired from his last duty station, NAS Oceana as a Chief Petty Officer.
After a short relaxing time at home, Leo took his hobby as a car mechanic and turned it into a paying job. After a few years as a car mechanic he became a small engine mechanic for the City of Chesapeake until he retired for the second time.
Leo’s first love was his children and grandchildren. When he was down, they were the ones that brought light and joy back into his life. After family, Leo’s second love was riding his motorcycle. He also enjoyed restoring old cars, playing with his birds, cats, and his rescued miniature Aussie.
Leo and Pamela had two sons, Leo Charles Schmidt, and Sean Saleem Schmidt (wife Sherry). He was the Opa to six grandchildren, Shannon, Cassaundra, Sean II, Alexis, Shania, Shane, and ten great grandchildren Annelise Marie Harris, Faith Elizabeth Stoughton, Vickram Bhavin Pandya, Grace Denali Stoughton, Paislee Nicole Schmidt, Eliza Alicia Macklin, Ravi Danny Pandya, William James Stoughton III, Melody Joy Lamb, Nathaniel Leo Parker Schmidt, with two more on the way.
Leo was predeceased in death by his parents and his brother Fredrick. Leo was close to his wife’s extended family so he is leaving many brother/sister in-laws, nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, and uncles along with his sons, daughter-in-law, and precious grandchildren and great grandchildren who loved him.
The family wants to thank all the wonderful and skilled doctors, nurses, physical therapists and the dialysis center that took care of him. Every problem that came up over the years, they found a solution, until there were no more options. They noted that even with all his problems he kept his sense of humor, as warped as it was.
In lieu of flowers please make a donation to the Virginia Beach Plaza Volunteer Rescue Squad. www.helpplaza.org