MONTGOMERY, Ala. - SCHMIDT, Arthur H. (Bud), CMSGT, USAF, Ret., of Montgomery, Ala., passed away Wednesday Sept 5, 2012.
Bud was born to George and Hilda Schmidt in Fairmont, Minn. He graduated from Fairmont High School and received his B.A. from the University College of Maryland. He married the former Leola (Teen) Lueth of Fairmont, Minn. He served his country with valor and patriotism for 26 years in the U.S. Air Force as a Health Systems Analyst, including tours of duty stateside and abroad in French Morocco, Germany and Thailand. He was the recipient of the Bronze Star for Meritorious Service, two Meritorious Service Medals, and the Air Force Commendations Medal. After retiring from the Air Force, he continued his career as a Health Systems Analyst in the Civil Service, finally retiring after serving his country for a total of over 45 years.
Upon retirement, he was active in his church and was also a volunteer for many worthwhile causes in the greater Montgomery area, including Faith Rescue Mission, Family Promise and the Autauga Interfaith Center based in Prattville. He was nominated for the River Region Volunteer of the year in 2012. He was an avid ballroom dancer for 25 years and a founding member of the Stardust Ballroom Dance Club. Bud was also an enthusiastic Auburn football fan. His greatest joy, however, were his five grandchildren and his one great-grandchild.
Left to cherish the memory of Bud are his wife of 58 years, Teen; daughter Paige Hall and her husband Ron of Camden, Maine; son Kevin and his wife Teresa of Milford, Mich.; five grandchildren, Kim Schmidt, Amanda VanderHulst, Taylor Hall, Samantha Schmidt and Andrew Schmidt; great-grandchild, Cameron VanderHulst; and sister Kathleen Holzhauer.
Visitation will be held 5-7 p.m. today, Sept. 10, 2012, at Alabama Heritage Funeral Home. Memorial and Celebration Service will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012, at Alabama Heritage Funeral Home. Private graveside services will be held at the Alabama National Cemetery.
The family has requested that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the Messiah Church, 2072 Highway 14, East Prattville, AL 36006.
Condolences may be offered at www.alabamaheritagefh.com