Knute M. Schmidt Jr. 72, of Glen Hill Drive, North Kingstown, died peacefully at home in the company of his wife and daughter on November 9, 2013. He was the beloved husband of Marianne (Mazella) Schmidt and the father of Sonja M. Schmidt.
Born in Elizabethton, Tenn., a son of the late Knute and Edith Schmidt, he had lived in North Kingstown for 15 years.
Captain Schmidt served his country for 33 years in the U.S. Navy, including three combat tours in Vietnam. He earned many awards, including the Legion of Merit and the Bronze Star with a combat (V).
He will be fondly remembered by his surviving shipmates of the USS Oriskany (CVA-34), USS Joseph Strauss (DDG-1),and the USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70). His final assignment in the Navy brought him to Rhode Island where he served as Officer In Command of the Naval Intelligence Attachment at the Naval War College in Newport.
After his retirement, Captain Schmidt became involved in his church and community, including Habitat for Humanity, Christ the King Social Action Committee, and the Newport Tall Ships. On Nascar days, you’d often find him glued to the TV. He was a kind, caring, and courageous man with a personality bigger than life itself.
Besides his wife of 33 years and his daughter, he is survived by his younger brother, Rear Admiral William R. Schmidt, U.S. Navy Retired, and loving family and friends, including seven nieces and nephews, two sisters-in-law and a brother-in-law.
His Funeral will be held Friday, November 15 at 9:45 a.m. from The Cranston-Murphy Funeral Home of Wickford, 140 W. Main St., with a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. in Christ the King Church, 180 Old North Road, Kingston. Burial with full Military Honors will follow in Quidnessett Memorial Cemetery, North Kingstown. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the wounded Warriors Project and Salvation Army in memory of Knute M. Schmidt. www.woundedwarriorsproject.com www.salvationarmyusa.org. "You only live once, do it right and once is enough." For online messages of condolence, kindly visit www.CranstonMurphy.com