Charles Kent Schmidt, 79, of Arthur, IL passed away at 4:45 P.M. on Monday, May 16, 2022 at his residence.
To honor Kent’s wishes, no formal services will be held. A graveside service will be held at a later date. The Edwards Funeral Home is assisting the family.
Kent was born on April 8, 1943 in Wellsville, OH. He was a son of William Edward and Elsie Christina (Johnson) Schmidt. He married his high school sweetheart Janice Ann Apple on June 22, 1963 in Lisbon, OH.
He is survived by his wife, Janice of Arthur, IL, three children, Michael Kent Schmidt and wife Candy of Robinson, IL, Melinda Kristyne Schmidt of Arthur, IL and Michele Kendra Brown and husband Chad of Robinson, IL, seven grandchildren, Stephen Romine of Champaign, IL, Jameson Dycus and wife Kristen of Robinson, IL, Cassidy Dycus and Kody Beck of Arthur, IL, Jessica McGovern and husband Dalles of Robinson, IL, Kody Kornewald of Arthur, IL, Brady Brown and wife Kylee of Robinson, IL and Alex Brown and wife Samantha of Robinson, IL, three step grandchildren, Jordan Rector, Jasmine Crane and Joleena Crane all of Robinson, IL,
six great-grandchildren, Heidi, Marlei, Sophia, Tynley, Willow and Colton.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his daughter Melissa Kay Dycus, and his sister Jan Everson.
Kent graduated from David Anderson High School in Lisbon, OH in 1961. He and Janice moved their family to Arthur, IL from Lisbon, OH in 1974 where Kent went to work in sales for Hoes International of Arthur, IL. He later worked for Northland Trenching where he retired from his career in sales in 2006. After he retired, he worked part time for Oye’s Hardware in Arthur.
Kent was a big NASCAR fan and enjoyed going to races. He also looked forward to long stays with Janice at their campsite near Lake Shelbyville and fishing for crappie with his best friend Gene Cobb.
Kent was an animal lover, a trait he passed onto all his children and grandchildren. He and his beloved Janice had an affinity for house cats whose companionship he enjoyed during his lifetime.
He was an excellent cook, biscuits and gravy, fried potatoes, and grilled BBQ chicken legs, are just a few of his specialties that his family enjoyed.
Kent had a great personality, was the easiest guy to get to know and he never knew a stranger. Everyone enjoyed talking with Kent because regardless of the subject Kent would listen intently because it must have been very important to you. He cherished spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren, who sometimes referred to him as “Chuck”.
Prior to Kent’s battle with cancer the last two months, he was an excellent caregiver for Janice. His love and devotion for 58 years will always be remembered.