April 30, 1945 – April 2, 2019
David F. Schmidt was born in Evanston, Illinois, to Ruth Virginia (Ginny) Fellows Schmidt and William C. Schmidt, who both preceded him in death. He was raised in the Chicago area until 1950. After his parents divorced, his mother and her parents moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico, to seek work, along with his great-aunt and her family. The families remained in the Albuquerque area.
David worked at a service station while going to Sandia High school and after he graduated, spent some time living and working in the Colorado Rockies near Grand Lake. He returned to Albuquerque and became a machinist and worked for the Civil Service at Kirtland AFB, Sparton Technology and other businesses in the area, mostly making parts for airplanes. Later, he became a mechanical inspector and set up an inspection department for SBS Technologies. He took early retirement in 1998, when he and his wife Vicki moved to Boerne. They had discovered the Texas Hill Country on a trip in 1994, and thought it was beautiful. He had ridden Harley-Davidson motorcycles for many years and enjoyed riding the backroads. He was proud to have done the Three Sisters and got the T-shirt to prove it.
In May 1982, Dave found that he wanted help to get and stay sober and has been an active member of that 12-Step program since then. He was president of the Fifth Chapter MC, a Clean & Sober Club, in Albuquerque in the ‘80s and early ‘90s. The club rode together all over West Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado and Utah. It was a very good time in his life.
While living in New Mexico, he and Vicki took a motorcycle trip from Albuquerque to San Diego, California, and rode up the Pacific Coast Highway. It remained one of the highlights of his travels. In addition, he loved the Ignacio MC rally in the Four-Corners area of Colorado and they attended it many times, both while living in New Mexico and Texas.
Dave is survived by his wife of 36 years, Vicki Schmidt; brother Robert B. Schmidt (Liz); sisters Linda Higgins and Dawn Higgins; sisters-in-law Barbara Schmidt, Connie Higgins, Penny Rahlfs, Terry Boston (Jack); and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
An avid animal lover, he is also survived by Harley and Sadie, his precious dogs.
A celebration of life will be held Saturday, April 6, at 10 a.m. at Ebensberger-Fisher Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Boerne Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to the Hill Country Animal League, San Antonio Pets Alive or charity of your choice.
Arrangements with Ebensberger-Fisher Funeral Home of Boerne.