Charles R. Schmidt, 78, of Mt. Vernon, passed away Sunday, November 11, 2012 at Deaconess Hospice in Evansville.


He was born in Princeton, IN on November 2, 1934 to Floyd and Hazel (Hughes) Schmidt.


He was a Navy Veteran serving in the Korean War and also served in the United States Air Force. He retired in 1997 after 25 years of service with Babcock and Wilcox. Charles was a member of the Princeton Masonic Lodge # 231, Scottish Rite, and the Owen Dunn Post # 5 in Mt. Vernon. He was a lifetime member of the Princeton VFW Post # 1147.


He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, John, Floyd and Jerry Schmidt; his sister, Judith Finney and a son in law, Tracy Pace. Charles is survived by his wife, Laura (Payton) Schmidt of Mt. Vernon; daughter, Carla Pace; son, Robert Schmidt; and grandson, Daniel Pace all of Littleton, CO; stepchildren, Bobby Pickerill of Washington, IN, Brad Pickerill of Evansville, James Dooley of Hatfield, IN and Allen Boyer (Natasha) of Rockport, IN; several nieces and nephews.


Funeral services will be held at 1:00 pm Thursday November 15, 2012 at Schneider Funeral Home 512 Main St. in Mt. Vernon with burial to follow in Bellefontaine Cemetery.


Visitation will be held from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm service time on Thursday, November 15, 2012 at the funeral home.