WINSLOW – Robert Leroy “Sarge” Schmidt, 90, of Winslow passed away Sunday March 4, 2018, at his home. He was born May 24, 1927, in Lynnville, to Leroy John and Valada Elnora (Strunk) Schmidt.

Robert had lived in Winslow since 1976 moving there from Oakland City. He was a retired coal miner after working for Old Ben Coal for 20 years. He had previously worked as a mechanic for the Ford dealerships in Oakland City and Winslow. He grew up in Mackey Buckskin area, and graduated from Oakland City High School. He then joined the U.S. Army serving during W.W. II where he was stationed in Japan. He was a member of the Oakland City First General Baptist Church where he taught Sunday School for many years. He was a member of the U.M.W.A. Local 5179 and was a former member of the American Legion in Oakland City.

He loved to garden and never passed up a opportunity to go fishing, as he loved to fish. He enjoyed traveling throughout the United States and foreign countries. He was very interested in the Civil War and visited many of the Civil War battlefields. He loved people was a friend to many.

Survivors include his wife of 68 years, Colleen Schmidt, three children, Karen Schmidt (David) Holmes of Winslow, Lanny John (Kathy) Schmidt of Haubstadt, Paula Yvonne (Barry) Murrell of Winchester, Tenn.; six grandchildren, Kyle, Kelsey and Eli Murrell, Amy Amber and Adam Schmidt; 14 great grandchildren, Gracie, Adyn, Adylyn, Lydia, Sela, and Liam Schmidt, Jace and Kenzie Blackard, Talon and Lilly Martin, Samuel, Jackson and Alex Bieser and Alexis Walser.

Robert was preceded in death by his parents and a brother Ernest Schmidt.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. C.S.T. Thursday, March 8, 2018, at the Corn-Colvin Funeral Home in Oakland City, with Pastor Alec Hensley officiating. Burial will follow in the Montgomery Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 until 8 p.m. C.S.T. Wednesday at the funeral home. Military services will be held at the cemetery by the Oakland City American Legion Post 256.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Honor Flight of Indiana. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

Condolences may be expressed online or you may light a candle in memory of Robert at

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