Ralph L.W. Schmidt - May 01, 2009Ralph L.W. Schmidt, Ph.D., Colonel, U.S. Army (retired), a resident of Baton Rouge, La., died Friday, May 1, 2009, at age 89 while surrounded by his family. He was born in Bradshaw, Neb., and grew up in Hampton on his parents' farm.
At an early age, it became clear Ralph was not a farmer, and he pursued academic interests. He earned an undergraduate degree from York College in York, Neb., his M.S. and Ph.D. were both from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. He married the love of his life on July 4, 1945, his wife of 63 years, Dolores, precedes him in death by seven months. He is also preceded in death by his parents, brother and son-in-law.
Survivors include two daughters, Connie Raggio and Dr. Elisabeth (Todd) Schmidt-Burks; three grandchildren, Dr. Michael (Tabitha) Raggio, Anne Raggio and Leslie Burks; four great-grandchildren, James Raggio, Catherine Raggio, Michael Joseph Raggio II and Kahlan Francis.
After his service in World War II, work brought Ralph and his family to Baton Rouge where he worked for LSU as a professor and dean. He was a member of Kiwanis and had a 50-year perfect attendance record. He enjoyed golf, cooking, playing card games, travel, and being with his family and friends.
Funeral services were at University Presbyterian Church on Wednesday, May 6 with the Rev. Patti Snyder officiating.
Interment was at Port Hudson National Cemetery with full military honors. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Hospice of Baton Rouge (www.hospicebr.org) or the National Alzheimer's Association (alz.org).