Jack Raymond Schmidt, 69, architect, of Pelham AL, formerly of Lee’s Summit, Missouri, passed away Saturday, August 8, 2009, at Shelby Baptist Medical Center, Alabaster, AL.

Jack Raymond Schmidt, 69, architect, of Pelham AL, formerly of Lee’s Summit, Missouri, passed away Saturday, August 8, 2009, at Shelby Baptist Medical Center, Alabaster, AL. Cause of death was esophageal cancer.

Mr. Schmidt was born April 10, 1940, in Chicago, IL. His parents were Richard and Marian Schmidt. He was their only child. Mr. Schmidt lived in Chicago through all his growing-up years. He was an Eagle Scout and continued his work with Boy Scouts throughout his adult life. Mr. Schmidt’s great joy was attending his High School’s 50th class reunion in October 2008. At that time he was blessed with the company of his boyhood friends and had the stirring and memorable experiences of touring his elementary school and his childhood home.

Mr. Schmidt was married to LaWanna Lillian Weaver for 28 years. They had three children, Jack Jr., Jennifer, and Richard. He also had one grandchild, Flynn Schmidt-McQuiston, daughter of Jack Jr. LaWanna died in 1990 and their son, Richard, in 1995.  

Mr. Schmidt married Laura Elizabeth Page in 1992. They were married for 17 years and had two daughters, Emily, 16, and Elizabeth, 15. Jack also leaves his stepson, Charles Harris, 26, of Montevallo, AL.

Mr. Schmidt was presiding elder of the Blue Springs South Park congregation of the RLDS Church from 1975 to 1977.  He was as an architect and project manager for over forty years. He worked for himself and for others, including Bank Building Corporation, Martin Marietta, National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado.  He was most recently engaged in developing projects for his church, the Remnant Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He was exceedingly pleased to be able to lend his knowledge, experience and skill to the literal building of the Kingdom.

A memorial service celebrating the life of Jack Schmidt will be held Saturday, June 26, 2010, at 2 p.m. in the worship center at The Gathering Place retreat center, 2820 M291 Frontage Road,  Independence, Mo 64057.

His cremains will be interred at Mound Grove Cemetery, Independence, at a later date.