Henry Eugene Schmidt, 90, salesman, Navy veteran


Henry Eugene Schmidt, a retired salesman and World War II veteran, died Thursday at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care of complications from a fall. He was 90.

Mr. Schmidt was born and raised in Cleveland and earned a bachelor's degree in history in 1937 from Heidelberg College in Tiffin, Ohio, where he played basketball and football.

From 1937 until 1940, when he enlisted in the Naval Reserve, Mr. Schmidt taught and coached at a high school in Euclid, Ohio. During the war, he served in the Pacific as a Navy flight engineer aboard the large Mars flying boats, which had been built by the Glenn L. Martin Co. in Middle River.

After the war, he moved to Baltimore and worked in sales for Glenn L. Martin, A. K. Robbins & Co. and Druid Oak Belting Co. In 1961, he joined Dixon Valve & Coupling Co., where he was a salesman and later vice president. He lived for several years in West Chester, Pa., and moved to Towson after his retirement in the late 1970s.

Mr. Schmidt enjoyed golfing and was a member of the Hillendale Country Club, where he won the 1986 spring club championship. He also liked dancing to music of the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s, and spending winters in Port St. Lucie, Fla.

Since 1997, he and his wife of 29 years, the former Doris Gerwig Irvin, had resided at the Blakehurst retirement community in Towson.

He was a 50-year Mason and a member of Ascension Lutheran Church, 7601 York Road, Towson, where a memorial service will be held at 11:30 a.m. today.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, are a daughter, Stephanie Gene Schmidt of Chester Springs, Pa.; two stepsons, Dick Irvin of Phoenix, Baltimore County, and Tom Irvin of Port St. Lucie; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. His wife of 28 years, the former Norma Eckhoff, died in 1974.

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