Robert F. Schmitz

June 30, 1934 - February 16, 2011

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Robert “Gome”, 76, beloved husband of Sylvia (nee Studer), devoted father of Michael (Susan), Steven (Linda), Diane (Randy) Voet, Scott (Molly), Greg (Nicole), Daniel and Tracy (Brian) Seng, grandfather of 10, great-grandfather of 1, passed away Wed, Feb 16. He proudly served our nation as a Marine before returning home to serve his community for more than 30 years as a Cincinnati Firefighter. Upon joining the CFD, his Marine Corps days would earn him the moniker that would stay with him for life, Gomer. When not raising his kids, fighting fires, leading a scout troop, singing barbershop or mentoring Young Marines, Gome would be busy making plaques, rocking horses, and nativity scenes with a skill matched only by his ample generosity. Friends, family and the many lives he has touched will be gathering at Hodapp Funeral Home 6041 Hamilton Ave., College Hill Monday, 4-8 pm. Mass of Christian Burial St. Clare Church 1443 Cedar Ave., College Hill Tuesday at 10 am. Donations may be sent to Cincinnati Young Marines and St. Clare Church.


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John E. Thomas, Jr. - Feb 20, 2011

Mr. Schmitz taught me everything that I know about honor, courage and commitment. When I enlisted in the Marine Corps it was because of him, it was the values that he instilled in me that I made a career of it. He made these “Swagger Sticks” out of .50 Cal rounds, I always wanted one. A few years ago, after attaining the rank of Gunnery Sergeant, he presented it to me as a Christmas gift. I still have that Swagger Stick and I cherish it because he made it for me. My children know that if they touch that stick, that they must polish it. Anyone that is not worthy (they have to be a Marine) that touches the stick will be subjected to the Wrath of the Gunny, it isn’t a nice place or feeling. Thank you Mr. Schmitz for the greatest gift that a man could ever impart on another man. Thank you for instilling in me a Value system that I try to instill in young men and women today, most of all thank you for telling me about the Marine Corps that you served in and allowing me to make it my own.

Michael Kappa, President - Feb 20, 2011

On Behalf of The Greater Cincinnati Fire Retirees, we wish to Extend our Sincere Sympathy to Bob’s family.
What a great person he was I work with Bob for many years we had a lot of good times and bad times at the fire house on Rockdale Ave.

He was an outstanding firefighter and a pleasure to work with. He will surely be missed.

Michelle Schmitz Ketterman - Feb 20, 2011

During your preperation for the services and as you gather your family around I know you have gathered the “Life Story” of your Husband, Dad, Father-in-law, Grandpa and Great Grandpa. May those memories be held precious and give you strength in your time of loss and throughout the bitter sweet days/months ahead.
Know that many prayers of strength are being said for all of you.

May the love of family and friends be your comfort.
Love,

Michelle

Joseph (Dago Joe) Mercurio - Feb 19, 2011

My wife and I want to send our condolences, Gomer you will be missed, especially at the Holy Name Meeting, for a good Limburger on rye with onion. Just want to let you know, that we still have the rocking horse you made for my grandson.

Your Friend’s
Dago Joe & Jean Mercurio

Joseph (Dago Joe) Mercurio - Feb 19, 2011

My wife and I want to send our condolences, Gomer will be missed, especially at the Holy Name Meeting, for a good Limburger on rye with onion. Just want to let you know, that we still have the rocking horse you made for my grandson.