ROCK FALLS – Elwin R. “Shorty” Schmitt, 79, of Rock Falls, died Wednesday, March 5, 2014, at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria.
He was born March 21, 1934, in Manlius, the son of Walter J. and Mildred W. (Reed) Schmitt. He was a 1952 graduate of Rock Falls High School. He served in the Army from 1956 to 1958, stationed in Fort Leonardwood, Mo., Fort Carson in Colorado Springs, Colo., Fort Knox, Ky., and then Fort Riley, Kan. Elwin married Sharon I. Ohda, daughter of Mabel P. Ohda, on Dec. 28, 1956, in Sterling. He was a lifelong farmer south of Rock Falls, and had been a Pioneer seed corn salesman for 42 years. He was elected to the Montmorency Township Board as a trustee, and served from 1969 to the present day. He later served as township supervisor from 1977 to the present day. He also served on the Whiteside County Zoning Board from 1996, and was a drainage district commissioner, both until the present day. He formerly served on the Federal Land Bank Board, FFA Board, and church council at St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church in Sterling.
Survivors include his wife, Sharon; their sons, Edwin (Wanda) Schmitt of Rock Falls, Timothy (Veronica) Schmitt of Harmon, and Kevin (Jamie) Schmitt and Craig Schmitt, both of Rock Falls; two sisters, Marlyn (Donald) Rosengren and Lois LeFevre, and one brother, Wayne (Betty) Schmitt, all of Rock Falls; and 10 grandchildren, Will Aberle, Andrew Schmitt, Megan Schmitt, Wendy Schmitt, Brittany Schmitt, Bethany Schmitt, Seth Schmitt, Benjamin Schmitt, Kayla Schmitt, andAshley Schmitt.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother-in-law, Marlin LeFevre.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church in Sterling. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the church, with the Rev. Mark Oehlert officiating. Burial will be at Oak Knoll Memorial Park in Sterling. McDonald Funeral Homes is handling arrangements.