Christopher G. “Chris” Schmitt of Otsego passed away unexpectedly Saturday, December 6, 2014 at his home. Chris was born March 26, 1964 in Plainwell to Arthur and Nancy (McLeod) Schmitt and was a lifelong resident of the area.
In 1982 he graduated from Otsego High School and then served in the U.S. Army Armored Division in the DMZ in Korea from 1983-86. In 1988 he married Tracy Robinson. Chris was employed as a millwright with Menasha Corp. until they closed and had also worked as a fabricator and welder. He could build or make almost anything, fix anything, and if it had a motor he could make it run. Chris loved hunting and fishing, and started on the tractor when he was 3 years old. Most of all, he loved his children and grandchild.
Surviving are his daughters, Lacey Schmitt of Chicago and Anna Schmitt of Plainwell and her daughter, Madelynn Clark; a step-son, Brandin Schoonhoven of Kalamazoo; his parents; siblings, Vince (Rachel) Schmitt, Suzanne (Chris) Sibberson and Angela (Mark) Hoffman; seven nieces and nephews; five great nieces and great nephews with another one due soon.
Preceding him in death were his grandparents, Stanley and Beth Schmitt and Earl “Shorty” and Catherine McLeod.
Friends may meet with his family from 4 to 7 P.M. Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego where the funeral service will be held at 11:00 A.M. Thursday, December 11, 2014, Pastor Joe Shaler officiating and Military Honors provided by V.F.W. Post #3030.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Chris may be made to The Stanley Leep Farm, V.F.W. Post #3030 or to a charity of your choice.
Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com