Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Retired Army Col. Norbert Otto Schmidt

"My mom's never going to recover from the thought of my dad being dumped in some alleyway someplace."
--Carol Schmidt

Just when I think I've heard everything, I hear something that changes my mind.

Today we welcome into the club nobody wants to join, Donna Schmidt, wife of Retired Army Col. Norbert Otto Schmidt.

On August 4, 2009, in Satellite Beach, FL, Donna's husband died. He was 83.

In 1949, Col. Schmidt graduated West Point, he served in the Korean War as a member of the 65th Engineers and received two Purple Hearts and the Bronze Star. Col. Schmidt had a Master's in Civil Engineering from Harvard and a PhD at the Uiversity of Illinois.

Later, he became an engineering professor at the University of Missouri in Rolla.

On November 13, Col. Schmidt was set to be buried in Arlington National Cemetery--But--

Someone broke into the family's rented van parked outside the hotel they were staying at and stole the urn with the Col's ashes in it.

On the long list of ugly, this one rockets to the top.

Family members offer a $1,000 cash reward.

To Donna Schmidt, the entire Schmidt family, Griefcase extends its condolences and wishes for mourning joy all the days of your lives.

After we honor Him, do what I do--open what I lovingly refer to as a joy-nal and write something. Go ahead. I dare you.

Mourning Quote:

"Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans." --John Lennon

Mourning Joy:
Q: What is alive and has only 1 foot?

A: A leg

Have a joyful day, and remember, we're not alone.


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