John Cornelius Schmitz, Jr.

April 18, 1935 - February 16, 2020
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John Cornelius Schmitz, Jr. passed away on February 16, 2020. We will celebrate his life of 84 years at 3:00 pm on Thursday, February 20, 2020, at Westminster Presbyterian Church. Friends are invited to share memories and expressions of sympathy for the family to cherish in the area below the obituary.John was born on AprilContinue Reading

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Charlotte Rhodes left a message on February 21, 2020:
I met John when the Southwest Regional Fly-in came to Abilene and he was the Airboss. At the time I was still a controller and a member of EAA 471 so I got to help work out procedures for the fly-in. John was great to work with and very knowledgeable. He always had a story and a laugh to share. Over the years, I got to help him some with Airbossing. When John stepped down, I was asked to fill in for him as Airboss for the Big Country AirFest. He helped me learn the rules, ropes and all the paperwork to file, on top of just mentoring me. We had many long conversations on AirFest. The years I worked at Oshkosh, we would meet up for dinner at least one evening and then I would drive him back to the dorm. John and several other Lubbock EAA Chapter members have flown down to Abilene to join our monthly breakfast and to help fly Young Eagles the last few years. If John was able to help, he would. He will be greatly missed and I have him to thank for getting me started as an Airboss. Rest In Peace my friend. ❤️❤️❤️
Mark A Drake left a message on February 20, 2020:
This man taught me a lot about weather when he was at the Lubbock FSS. He was also a shining example of how to be a wonderful human being! John will certainly be missed my many. Mark A. Drake
Dayton E. Parker left a message on February 20, 2020:
John carried the banana pudding in for me for the last EAA Chapter meeting refreshments. As I arrived and called to him he turned and helped me carry items in. Sorry I did not get to know him well while I had the opportunity. He certainly was a key member in our chapter. "Fellows, only 159 days until Oshkosh!" No one in the chapter would be missed more. Sincerely,Dayton Parker
Sandra & Van White left a message on February 20, 2020:
John was our hero! He had the kindest, servant heart and was brilliant! He was always congenial and could do anything! When we would fly to Oshkosh , he would transport everyone’s, as well as, our “stuff,” so we would have everything we needed to survive a week or two! He was a great friend and will surely be missed! Big blessings yo his sweet family!!! Sandra n Van
Tom Pressley left a message on February 20, 2020:
John was a valuable mentor to me in the late 1990s as I was learning to manage aviation events as part of Caprock Soaring Club. His devotion to the EAA and general aviation was inspiring.
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Robert "Bob" A. Stoll, Jr. left a message on February 20, 2020:
I will not be able to make it to John's service today, but I wanted to let you know that he meant so much to me as the Scoutmaster of Troop 505 when he brought his boys into our Troop and immediately took on big job as one of our Assistant Scoutmasters. He took on jobs that reduced the load on other ASM's and myself especially. He truIy loved Scouting and the principals that it teaches and I know that the boys liked him so much. I loved just having a rambling conversations with John. We never knew where it would take us, but always ended in a common understanding. I am not a pilot, but loved hearing his stories about flying. There is no doubt whatsoever how much he did and meant to so many. I am so sad that I will not be "running into him" somewhere, or the other and sharing a few words and thoughts. My sympathies to all of the family and friends.Sincerely,Bob
Jeff left a message on February 20, 2020:
I was John’s Aviation Medical Examiner in Lubbock. I have a cool story about him.....Every year I would get an Oshkosh calendar and hat anonymously that was dropped off at my office. One year, I finally figured out it was him! I’ll definitely miss seeing him in the office for his flight exams.
J.C. Morton left a message on February 19, 2020:
I met John at Alice Flight Service Station in 1969. We didn't actually become friends until he transferred to Lubbock. We became friends working together in Boy Scout Troop 543. John was a true scouter and I learned a lot from him. He was dedicated to his family, his job and aviation, his church and the Boy Scouts of America. He touched many lives in all aspects of his life and will be missed by all that called him friend. God bless his family and be with them as always.
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