Eugene Paul Schmidt

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Eugene Paul Schmidt


Eugene Paul Schmidt, Gene, a retired communications and electrical engineer, died on Sunday, November 28 in his home in Gainesville, Virginia after a sudden heart attack. Gene, beloved husband and dear friend to Suzanne Schmidt, is also survived by his children, Charles and Casey Schmidt of Dunedin, Florida, Jeanne Anne Robinson of Big Fork, Montana, Jennifer and Mark Scherer of Las Vegas, Nevada and David Schmidt of Dunedin, Florida, and his grandchildren, Brandy and Brianna Schmidt, Ryan Robinson, and Melissa and Kyle Prutzman, all of who will remember him for his love, generosity and sense of humor.

Born in New York, Gene joined the U.S. Marine Corps after graduating from high school. He went on to engineering school on the GI Bill. Gene began his career working on the Apollo Program. His experiences eventually led him to the D.C. area, where he worked for The MITRE Corporation until his retirement in 1994. Gene spent much of his retirement traveling near and far. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. A memorial service to celebrate Gene's life will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Funeral Home:

Money & King Funeral Home

171 W. Maple Ave.

Vienna, VA

US 22180

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  1. I first met Gene in 1980 when the Navy moved me to the Washington DC area. Ten years later, Gene hired me into The MITRE Corporation. Gene was a teacher, a straight shooter, and had a great sense of humor. My most sincere condolences to Suzanne and the rest of his family.

  2. When Gene was with MITRE and I was with the Defense Communications Agency we worked together on a project. He was the technical espert. We traveled together to Lajes AFB, on the island of Tejieria (?) in the Azores. We had some free time and drove around the island. At one point Gene stopped the car and climbed out on a point of jagged rocks to take pictures of the pounding surf. It was a very islolated area. All I could think of is, “what if this guy falls in?” He didn’t and we continued our travels on to Great Britain. I found Gene to be a very friendly guy and a true professional.

  3. Gene was one of my earliest managers and encouraged ethics and discipline that stay with me today in all aspects of my life. For all of his apparent formality, Gene was a warm, funny, and kind man. I even miss his green pen, comments about working a half day (12 hours), and belief in flex time (as long as you worked 7:45 to 4:30)! Suzanne, my prayers are with you and the family.

  4. I knew Mr. Schmidt as a hard working and loving protector of his family. In 2018 I shared a very special time with my friend Jennifer, his daughter. My father passed away Dec 22, 2010 and so we spent a morning viewing a video Jen had of her father. We both cried for the loss of the iconic men in our lives.

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