Vernon Edwin Schmidt, 99, peacefully went to be with the Lord at his home surrounded by his loving family on March 20, 2013. He was born January 16, 1914, seven miles west of Blanco on Crabapple Creek Rd. Vernon lived and worked in and around Blanco all of his life. Later in his career he retired from the Blanco Cabinet Shop and continued his love of woodworking in his own shop at home. Vernon is very well known for his excellent woodworking skills. He was a life-long member of Trinity Lutheran Church of Blanco where he served many years on the Church Council. He was preceded in death by his parents, Peter Schmidt and Rosa Pehl Schmidt; daughter, Joyce Schmidt Poenisch; son-in-law, Carl R. “Sonny” Poenisch; and great-grandson, Ryan Matthew Phipps. In 1935, Vernon met Hilda Weirich at a dance in Stonewall and they were later married on July 20, 1937. For 73 wonderful years, Vernon and Hilda spent as much time as possible dancing with each other just as they did on the night they first met.
He is survived by his loving wife of 75 years, Hilda Weirich Schmidt, daughter, Doris Phipps and her husband Roy; sister, Lucille Moore; grandchildren, Brad Phipps and wife Kim, Craig Phipps and wife Dee Ann, Troy Phipps and wife Kary, Robert Poenisch and Chyrell Poenisch; great-grandchildren, D.J. and Brandon Phipps, Trent Phipps, Dillon and Drew Phipps, Cheyenne Poenisch; two great-great-grandchildren, Ty and M.J. Bejaran; and six step-great-grandchildren.
Visitation was held from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm, Friday, March 22, 2013 at Crofts-Crow Funeral Home in Blanco, where funeral services were held at 10:00 AM, March 23, 2013, with Rev. Dr. Bobby Leggett officiating. Interment followed in Blanco Cemetery. Pallbearers were Vernon’s grandchildren and one nephew: Brad Phipps, Craig Phipps, Troy Phipps, Robert Poenisch, Chyrell Poenisch, and Kerry Dean Moore. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 487, Blanco, TX 78606, or your favorite charity.