Donald Charles Schmidt, 87, passed away May 11, 2019, at Focused Care Assisted Living on Johnson Lake in Woodruff. Don was born July 30, 1931, to Fred and Evelyn (Oxley) Schmidt in Evanston, Ill., the youngest of four children. He and his family moved to the Woodruff area in 1932 and he graduated from the Arbor Vitae-Woodruff High School on May 19, 1949.

On June 10, 1951, Don married Maureen R. Moriarity and they lived in Arbor Vitae and later in Woodruff. Don was a carpenter/contractor, building many houses in the Northwoods area.

Don and Maureen took over The Chief Store previously owned by Maureen’s mother in 1971 and in 1979 they also acquired Lakeland Variety in Minocqua. Don and Maureen retired in 1996 and enjoyed their retirement RVing to explore many sites of the United States and visiting family.  

Don was “always doing something.” He sang in barbershops, talent shows, and church choir.  He enjoyed participating as an adult with the Boy Scouts of America. He served as president of the Woodruff Chamber of Commerce, Woodruff town chairman, during which time he took part in the Woodruff Centennial Committee, and served on the Oneida County Board of Supervisors. He built houses for Habitat for Humanity. He was always keeping an eye on what needed fixing and did most of it himself, getting firewood for family, and working in the garden and yard. He would tell us he had a “good long life.”

Don is preceded in death by his wife, Maureen, in 2014 and by his brother Ralph in 1986, his brother Robert in 1914, his sister Betty Elliott in 2000, and his grandson Eric in 2001. He is survived by his three children, Jennifer Green of Woodruff, Scott (Loranne) Schmidt of Minocqua, and Karen (James) Springer of Arbor Vitae. He is also survived by five grandchildren Jeffrey, Heather, Jessica, Lea, and Kerry, and six great-grandchildren Trevor, Lexi, Allison, Zariah, Zelda, and Jacob.  

Private family graveside services will be held at the Evergreen Cemetery in Woodruff.

Bolger Cremation Services of Woodruff and Minocqua is serving the family.