In Memory

Melvin Schmidt

Melvin Schmidt

DAVENPORT — Melvin K. Schmidt, 61, of Davenport, died Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013, at Genesis Medical Center, West Campus, Davenport. Funeral and Masonic services will be at 3 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 8, at McGinnis-Chambers Funeral Home, Bettendorf. Visitation will be from noon until the time of the services on Sunday at the funeral home. Cremation rites will be accorded. Memorials may be made to the family.

Melvin was born May 15, 1952, in Davenport, son of Leland “Pete” and Laura (Sager) Schmidt. Melvin graduated in May 1971, and married the love of his life, Suzzie Hill, on Aug. 7, 1971. Melvin drove a truck from 1977-2010, when he retired, having earned 4 million miles accident-free. He had driven for Little Debbie and Osco Feed and Fertilizer. He was a two-time Worshipful Master with Gentry Lodge #222, Gentry, Ark., and a member of Fraternal Lodge #221, Davenport. He was also a member of Friends of Credit Island, Davenport, and the Moose Lodge for a number of years. Melvin enjoyed fishing, though he spent most of the time baiting his grandchildren’s hooks.

Those left to honor his memory include wife, Suzzie; daughter and son-in-law, Sally and Don Cerra; adopted daughters, Rebekah Berrey, Jamie Stacey and Nikky Tapley, Davenport; grandson, Cameron Cerra; adopted grandchildren, Tavian Dunlap, Scarlet Berrey, Isaac Stacey, Victoria Stacey, Ayden Stacey, Cainin Tapley and Riley Tapley; sister and brother-in-law, Lori and John Reyes, Bettendorf; brothers, Allen (Mary) Schmidt, Va., John Schmidt, Portland, Tenn. and David (Mary) Schmidt, Coal Valley; sisters and brothers-in-law, Harold and Pat Hill, Davenport, Joann Harris, Eldridge, Jeanette and Wayne Nelson, Portland, Tenn., Shirley and Dan Sager, Linda Gallo, Dan and Sandy Hill, and Rick and Linda Hill, Davenport; mother-in-law, June Roberts, Davenport; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by parents; sister, Sandra Schmidt; sisters-in-law, Gail Schmidt and June Shoemaker; adopted granddaughter, Jaiden Tapley; grandparents; and several aunts and uncles.

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