Willis E. “Big Wally” Schmidt, Sr.

OXFORD/PORTAGE –  Willis E. “Big Wally” Schmidt, Sr., age 69, died on Wednesday, June 15, 2011 at his home in Oxford.

Willie was born on February 26, 1942, in the Township of Lewiston, the son of Walter and Evelyn (Walkershauer) Schmidt.  He married Nancy Lee Achterberg on April 11, 1959.  Willie worked for Weyenberg Shoe Factory and the Columbia County Highway Department. 

Willie is survived by his wife of 52 years, Nancy Lee, Oxford; his children, Susanne (Jim) Culbertson, Montello, Chris Schmidt, Portage, Willie (Nancy) Schmidt, Jr., Rio, and Joseph (Terri) Schmidt, Pardeeville; four grandchildren, David (Karen) Culbertson, Waunakee, Tim (Alex) Schmidt, Cody Schmidt and Emily Schmidt, all of Portage;  three great-grandchildren, Analiese, Logan, and Alaina;  a sister, Doris (Al) Anacker, Portage, other relatives and many friends.  Willie was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, June 21, 2011, at Pflanz Mantey Mendrala Funeral Home in Portage, with his sister-in-law, JoAnn Russell officiating.  Visitation will be held on Monday, June 20, 2011 from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., and on Tuesday, from 10:00 until 11:00 at the funeral home in Portage. 




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