Schmidt, Walter Joseph, passed away on February 20, 2015, a day after celebrating his 98th birthday. Born February 19, 1917.His cherished wife of 73 years, Regina Helena, predeceased him by two years. He was the dearest father of Dr. Thomas (Nancy), Paulette, Suzanne Polachowski (Ralph), and the late Judene Cherney (Frank); beloved grandfather of Lara Shilling (Cameron), Rachel Sarkisian (Allan), Brandon (Amanda), Joseph Cherney (Tina), Joel (Elizabeth), Camille Bokano (Dan), Ryan Polachowski (Bronwyn), Andrea Studley (Ron); and dear great-grandfather of Gavin Shilling, Tyler Sarkisian, Gina Bokano, Miranda Shilling, Emma Sarkisian, Trevor Cherney, Cadan Bokano, Conner Cherney, Kynlee Schmidt, Bradan Bokano, Lily Schmidt, Emilio Schmidt, Declan Studley, Stella Schmidt, and the late Noel Studley. Following St. Stanislaus High School, he attended George Trade School, Detroit, training to be a machinist. After 10 years at Cadillac Motor Car Company, he worked at the Warren Tank Automotive Command (TACOM), retiring in 1982. A World War II Army veteran, he proudly served as an East Detroit volunteer firefighter for nearly 25 years. Walter was a member of the Leo XIII Knights of Columbus and an active parishioner of St. Veronica’s Eastpointe and St. Martin DePorres, Warren. The last remaining of 10 children, Walter will be remembered most for his devotion to his handicapped daughter, Paulette. Walter set an example for fathers and grandfathers everywhere by taking care of Paulette for 67 years while making each and every family member feel loved and very ‘special’. Visitation Friday from 1-9 p.m. with a 7 p.m. Rosary service at the Wasik Funeral Home, Inc., 49150 Schoenherr Rd., (N of 22 Mile Rd), Shelby Township. Instate Saturday, at 9:00 a.m. followed by a 9:30 a.m. funeral Mass at St. Martin DePorres Church, 31555 Hoover Rd. (N of 13 Mile Rd), Warren. Internment at Resurrection Cemetery. Expressions of sympathy may be shared online with the family at www.wasikfuneralhome.comPublished in Daily Tribune on Feb. 26, 2015+Read More Share Listen to Obituary Remember Share a message, photo, or video below View guest book "DR.Thomas you & your whole family have my extreme sorrow for..."- James Saunders Add a memory or condolence to the guest book Add Message Please add or record a video for the family of Walter Schmidt Add a video + Please add a photo and share in the life story for Walter Schmidt Add a photo +