A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday at Community in Christ Lutheran Church in Cornelius, N.C. His cremains will be interred privately at a later date.
Memorial gifts may be made to Community in Christ Lutheran Church, 7621 Norman Lake Drive, Cornelius, NC 28031; St. John Lutheran Church, 157 Lady’s Island Drive, Beaufort, SC 29907; or the charity of one’s choice.
James Funeral Home of Huntersville, N.C., is serving the family. Condolences may be offered online at www.jamesfuneralhomeLKN.com.
Mr. Schmeeckle was born Nov. 16, 1924, in Stevens Point, a son of the late Frederick Jacob and Winifred (Webb) Schmeeckle. He graduated as an honor student from P.J. Jacobs High School in Stevens Point in 1942.
He attended the University of Wisconsin (UW) in Madison for several semesters before being selected for the U.S. Army Air Corps pilot training program.
He served in the Corps from 1943 through 1945.
After service he returned to UW and completed his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering in 1949.
He was married to Esther Marion “Tootsie” Miller. She died in 1959.
He was in charge of plant engineering for the Whiting-Plover Paper Co. in Whiting in his first career.
In his second career beginning in 1967, he accepted a position with the Bechtel Corp., Power & Light Division, headquartered in Gaithersburg, Md. He was assigned to work at many nuclear power plants throughout the U.S. before retiring in 1991.
He was married to Dorothy “Dottie” Glace after meeting in 1987.
They retired to Beaufort, S.C., in 1991 and began renovating an older home on the Intra Coastal Waterway, where he did all of the plumbing and electrical work himself.
While living in Beaufort, they entertained for the Beaufort Open Land Trust, the Beaufort Arts Council and a Beaufort Memorial Hospital Ball.
They were also active members of St. John Lutheran Church in Beaufort, S.C.
In 2007, they relocated to Denver, N.C., because his physical condition required additional care. In 2012, he was placed in Abernethy Laurels Skilled Nursing Unit in Newton, N.C., where he lived until his death.
Survivors include his wife, Dorothy; two sons, David H. “Stan” (Audrey), Stevens Point, and Joseph F. (Angel Nieves), Maui, Hawaii; one daughter, Sarah Davis Rojas, Maui, Hawaii; two stepchildren, Amy Glace (Ben) Murray, Denver, N.C., and Peter (Kelly Lee) Glace, Reardan, Wash.; one sister, Wilma (Eugene)Watersteet, Sturgeon Bay; nine grandchildren, including Elena (Kory) Schneiderman, Daniel F. (Mikayla) Schmeeckle and Anissa Schmeeckle, all of Stevens Point; and two great-grandchildren.