Industry veteran Dick Schmid passed away on Tuesday, April 25, at the age of 65.
Crescent Electric provided this statement on the passing of their colleague and friend:
It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Richard T. (Dick) Schmid. Dick devoted his working career to the electrical distribution industry and Crescent Electric Supply, the company his grandfather Titus Schmid founded in 1919.
Dick graduated from St. Norbert College, De Pere, Wisconsin and worked several years for the General Electric Company before joining Crescent Electric in 1977. Over the years, Dick held a number of positions with the company – including account manager, branch manager, area manager, VP Marketing and Sr. VP Community Relations. He also served on Crescent Electric’s Board of Directors.
Dick had a huge personality and was a friend to all. He was also a huge Chicago Bears fan and loved to play practical jokes on his friends.
Dick and Carrie Schmid (his wife of 23 years) worked closely with the rest of the Schmid family to help fund and start the Crescent Community Health Center, which has served thousands of patients in need since 2006.
Dick and Carrie also founded the Schmid Innovation Center which supports non-profits and community initiatives, and StartUp Dubuque, which provides resources to encourage, cultivate and promote growth and success of start-ups and early stage companies.
Dick will be missed by his many friends throughout the industry.
Funeral and visitation arrangements are as follows (according to the Telegraph Herald):
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 29, 2017, at St. Columbkille Catholic Church, where friends may call from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. Friday, April 28. Hoffmann-Schneider Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 1640 Main St., is assisting the family.
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