Frederick Roland Schmidt
Jul 2, 1936 – Dec 4, 2015
Frederick Roland Schmidt was born on July 2, 1936 in New York, NY to Frederic and Lena Mae Schmidt. He passed away at the age of 79 in Seattle, WA on December 4, 2015.
Roland spent his early childhood in New York and moved to Midland, MI at the age of 9. He was a tenacious young man who enjoyed baseball, hockey, skiing, hunting and all things outdoors. He graduated high school in 1954 and then attended Michigan Tech where he obtained his BS in Civil Engineering. In 1957, he met Marvel Rae Pragatz and in April of 1959 they were married. That same year, Roland enlisted in the US Navy as an officer and started flight training. He went on 2 tours on the USS Ticonderoga flying A-4 jets. During his service, Roland and Marvel moved around the US and finally settled in Federal Way, WA where Roland retired from the military and started flying commercially for United Airlines. During their 27 years of marriage, they raised 4 children and spent time skiing, fishing, camping, swimming and travelling.
In August 1986, Roland and Marinell were married in Fort Worth, TX and, shortly thereafter, they moved to Issaquah, Washington. One of their common passions was traveling. Their travels included boating, camping, ski trips and visiting their many friends and family all over the US while also travelling to various international destinations. They lived in Issaquah for 26 years before moving to Southlake, Texas in the summer of 2013. Marinell passed away in April of 2015.
Roland volunteered for the USO and the Puget Sound Blood Center for many years and was passionate about America, the Republican party, Starbucks, the stock market, aviation, baseball and most of all, his family.
Roland is survived by his children Cynthia (Frederic) Schmidt-Rouviere, Tamela Schmidt, Rick (Jo Ann) Schmidt, Barry (Hyonah) Schmidt, Lori (Marc) Graef, and Vicki (John) Adams as well as by his grandchildren Sean Lai, Daltrey Schmidt, Anchul Schmidt, Annabelle Schmidt, Alice Schmidt, Eric Harrington, Jeff Harrington, Travis Harrington, Amanda (Chris) Brown, Jessica Adams, and John Adams III and great grandchildren Kayla Brown and Everly Brown.
In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests donations to the USO. www.uso.org
Services will be held at Bonney Watson in Federal Way: 1535 SW Dash Point Rd, Federal Way, WA 98023 on Thursday, December 17th at 11am. Reception to follow immediately after.
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