Barry Marshall Schmidt
Husband, painter, bicycle builder
A memorial service for Barry Marshall Schmit, formerly of Claremont, will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 30, 2013 at Todd Memorial Chapel, 325 N. Indian Hill Blvd., Claremont. Mr. Schmit died at his Whitestown, Indiana home on February 16, 2013. He was 56.
Mr. Schmit was born December 2, 1956 in Orange, California. The son of Mary Ellen (Rogers) Schmit and the late Kenneth G. Schmit, Mr. Schmit lived in Claremont off and on for 20 years, working as a welder, painter and building tandem bicycles at Santana Cycles in the Packing House.
The Schmit family lived in several southern California cities, including San Diego, Highland and Claremont. For a period of time, the Schmits lived in Basking Ridge, New Jersey, where Mr. Schmit graduated from Ridge High School. Following graduation, he honorably served in the United States Air Force.
Mr. Schmit had a Harlequin Macaw named Apache, whom he raised and trained for a number of years. The 2 could frequently be seen riding on his bicycle or strolling through the Claremont Village. An avid builder of bicycles, Mr. Schmit thoroughly enjoyed riding them, his family noted.
Mr. Schmit eventually moved to Las Vegas and began working at Medco Health Solutions as an IT Systems Engineer in 2008, he moved to Whitestown to assist with establishment of Medco’s facility.
Mr. Schmit was preceded in death by his wife, Janet (Mahoney) Schmit, who died in 2002. He is survived by his mother, Mary Ellen Schmit of Claremont, his
brother Glenn and his wife Melissa of Adairsville, Georgia, his 4 sisters, Dana Wood and her husband Steve of Etiwanda, Brenda Schmit of Claremont, Karen Garay and her husband William of Rancho Cucamonga, and Cynthia Schmit of Los Angeles. Mr. Schmit is also survived by 5 nieces and 5 nephews.