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Allyn D. Schmitz

Allyn D. Schmitz, age 87, of Swanton, Ohio, entered into eternal rest, Friday evening, January 20, 2017 at Swanton Health Care & Retirement Center, surrounded by his loving family. He was born April 9, 1929 in Delta, Ohio to Albert and Rhea (McQuillen) Schmitz. He graduated from AI school and married Lillis Bartlett on June 26, 1948. Together they raised and loved 7 children.

Allyn was a man of many talents in his younger years. He farmed and then moved to become a plastering contractor, which led him to be the founder of Schmitz Construction. He developed several subdivisions in the Swanton area alongside his sons.

Besides love for his work, Allyn was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. Being able to be a captain on grandpa's boat was a highlight for all the grandkids. Singing with grandpa on the player piano was always fun at the holidays. Sometimes he forgot the words and would make up his own lyrics.

Allyn and his late wife, Lillis, spent many winters in Sarasota, Florida on Siesta Key enjoying time with other snowbirds they became good friends with.

Allyn is preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife, Lillis; brother, Harold; sister, Mary and great-great grandson, Aiden.

Surviving are his sister, Honey (Lowell) Sommers; his 7 children, Douglas (Bev) Schmitz, James (Betse) Schmitz, Suellen (Terry) Kern, Richard (Patty) Schmitz, Geriane (Doug) Tipton, Kevin (Carol) Schmitz and Lori (Barry) Stinson; along with 33 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; and 3 great-great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Allyn's "larger than life personality" and his love for his family will be missed and will never be forgotten by his family and friend, Joyce.

Family and friends may visit Tuesday, January 24th from 2 to 8 p.m. at the Weigel Funeral Home in Swanton (419.826.2631). Visitation will continue Wednesday, January 25th from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 210 N. Main St. in Swanton, where services will be held at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor J.T. Bean officiating. Interment will follow at Swanton Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Swanton Health Care & Retirement Center or Great Lakes Caring Hospice.

Residence: Swanton, Ohio

Visitation: Tuesday, January 24th from 2 to 8 pm at the Weigel Funeral Home in Swanton

Funeral Service: Wednesday, January 25th at 11:00 am at Trinity United Methodist Church

Interment: Swanton Cemetery

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Lon and I are keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. God's blessing and peace be with you.

Lon and Judy (Schmidt) Fessenden Jan 28 2017 12:00 AM

Allyn will be greatly missed by his family and by my Mom, Joyce Engle. He was a special part of her life and she will be lost without him. Rest in heaven, Allyn.

Bonnie Engle Long Jan 24 2017 12:00 AM

To the Schmitz family, my dearest condolences at this time. My sympathies to the entire Schmitz family. May your son, father, Grandfather, Uncle, and dearest friend rest in peace.

Ashley Lheman Jan 24 2017 12:00 AM

Sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers go out to the family. The Hepfinger Family

Barbara Hepfinger Jan 24 2017 12:00 AM

Dear Schmitz Family, We were terribly saddened to hear of the passing of your father / grandfather. It was my pleasure to have know him. Our deepest sympathies to your entire family as you grieve through this difficult time. With all of you as a testament to his life's journey and legacy, may he rest in peace for a job well done. Out thoughts and prayers are with you all. God Bless.

David and Laura Crow and Family Jan 24 2017 12:00 AM

He is out of your arms an in the arms of our Lord.

Allen Southall Jan 23 2017 12:00 AM

To the Schmitz family sorry for your loss. Sorry we won't be able to come to the services.

Jim and Linda Young Jan 23 2017 12:00 AM

Our deepest condolences to the entire Schmitz family.

John & Kelly Trudel Jan 23 2017 12:00 AM

My sympathies to the entire Schmitz family. Allyn was a client and a dear friend of my late husband,Rich Batdorf. Our family enjoyed some memorable vacations renting the Siesta Key condo. Allyn was a special man who will be missed. Susan Batdorf

Susan Batdorf Jan 23 2017 12:00 AM

Please accept our sincere condolences.

Lynda Coffey & David Westmark Jan 23 2017 12:00 AM

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