Homer Alaska - Obituaries

Story last updated at 6:46 PM on Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Theodore Richard Schmitz

Feb. 9, 1941-April 10, 2012

Anchor Point resident Theodore Richard Schmitz, 71, died Tuesday, April 10, 2012, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna from complications of cancer.

Memorial services will be held 4 p.m. Sunday, April 22, 2012, at the Anchor Point Beach.

Ted was born Feb. 9, 1941, in Groton, Conn. He served in the U.S. Navy in Kodiak from 1958-62. He moved to Alaska in 1970 and lived in Anchorage. He moved to Eagle River in 1994 and then to Anchor Point in 2000.

Ted was a man of vision. His passion was writing and designing the house of his dreams. He built the round house on the North Fork in Anchor Point to replicate the 12 sides of the Plains Indian medicine wheel in 1978. He was currently building a duplicate round house, where he resided, in Anchor Point.

Ted enjoyed life, as it was. He loved the peacefulness and tranquility of sitting on the bluff, looking across Cook Inlet, and stirring ideas. Ted always wore a smile even when times were tough. He will be loved and missed by all who knew him, his family said.

Ted was preceded in death by his father, Raymond Schmitz, in 1992, and his mother, Alberta Dooley, in 2011.

He is survived by his daughter, Thea Schmitz; son, Danial Schmitz, both of Reno, Nev.; stepsons, Devon Holmes of Eagle River, and Daryn Holmes of Homer; and 11 grandchildren.

Arrangements were by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.