Leo "Sunny" Schmitz Jr.

Born: Thu., Feb. 23, 1928
Died: Sat., Mar. 2, 2013


2:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Tue., Mar. 05, 2013
Location: Barnes Funeral Chapel

Funeral Mass

10:00 AM Wed., Mar. 06, 2013
Location: St. Caspar Catholic Church

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Leo “Sunny” Schmitz Jr., age 85, of Wauseon and owner of Sunny’s Campground in Wauseon, passed away peacefully Saturday morning, March 2, 2013 at the CHP Defiance Inpatient Center.  He was born in Metamora, OH on February 23, 1928 to the late Leo Schmitz Sr. and Veronica (Snyder) Schmitz.  On February 3, 1951 he married Lois (Hassen) Schmitz and she survives.  Sunny attended St. Mary Assumption School.  He was a farmer until deciding to start a campground so families would have a safe place to camp, swim and make good memories to share among themselves.  He could not find this for his 7 children so he decided to create it himself.  That was a big chance he took back in 1965.  Everyone thought he was crazy.  Now after 48 years, we have several generations who return to let their children experience what was an awesome time they shared with their parents.  Sunny’s dream has been fulfilled.  He was a member of St. Caspar Catholic Church in Wauseon.  In addition to his wife of 62 years, Lois Schmitz; he is survived by his seven children, Judy Schmitz, Nancy (John O.) Martinez Jr., Ron (Beth – deceased) Schmitz, Dan Schmitz, Diane (Hershel) Laster, Scott (Deb) Schmitz and Randy (Rae Lynn) Schmitz; brothers, Bill (Mona) Schmitz, Tom Schmitz; sisters, Florence Ruple and Camilla Cleghorn; grandchildren, J.D. Martinez, Michael (Tasha) Martinez, Chasity (Max) Nofziger, Crystal (Mike) O’Donnell, Andrea (Cesar) Panez, Brianne Schmitz, Robert Schmitz, Matt Schmitz, Lindsay (Jason) Miller, Jacob (Missy) Schmitz and Kaylee Schmitz; eight great grandchildren with another arriving soon and three step-great grandchildren.  Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his sisters, Jean Prescott, Pat Willson and Susann Hubbell, brother, Ralph Schmitz, brothers-in-law, Don Prescott, Frank Ruple and Leo Hassen Jr. and sisters-in-law, Madeline Schmitz, Mary Hassen and Gertrude Hassen.  Friends may visit from 2-8 PM on Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at Barnes Funeral Chapel, 5825 St. Hwy 109 in Delta; with a vigil service beginning at 7:30 PM.  A Mass of Resurrection will be held at 10:00 AM on Wednesday, at St. Caspar Catholic Church, 1205 N. Shoop Ave, Wauseon, OH 43567.  Fr. David Bruning will be officiating.  Interment will follow at St. Caspar Catholic Cemetery in Wauseon.  Those wishing a show of sympathy are asked to consider contributions to CHP Defiance Hospice Inpatient Center, 6817 St Rt 66, Defiance, OH 43512, The American Heart Association, 15120 Collections Center Dr., Chicago, IL 60693 or St. Caspar Catholic Church in Sunny’s memory. Online condolences may be sent to the family through our website at www.barnesfuneralchapel.com.

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Daniel & Lorie Cerda
   Posted Sun March 03, 2013
Schmitz Family: So sorry to hear of Sunny's passing. May your memories, along with God's comfort help you through this time. We will keep you in our prayers. Daniel & Lorie Cerda

Richard & Olga Atwater
   Posted Sun March 03, 2013
With his wife by his side, Sunny always took the time to acknowledge his campers as he drove through the campground. He leaves behind a legacy and he'll be greatly missed. May God bless his wife, family and we thank you. Thank You, Rich and Olga Atwater 284 3/4.

Ken and Julie Soldenwagner
   Posted Sun March 03, 2013
He will be deeply missed. Prayers are going out to your family .

Alan & Gerrie Kedocia
   Posted Mon March 04, 2013
So sorry to hear about your loss. Our thoughts are with you in this time of sorrow.

cynthia knaggs (knab)
   Posted Tue March 05, 2013
My dad and I have fond memories of all the Schmitz family reunions we had at Sunny's. My brothers and I remember camping at Sunny's with our grandma and grandpa (Helen and Wilbur Knab). Sunny always enjoyed talking to everyone, and was liked by everyone. Our prayers are with you, may God comfort you and hold you in His hands. The Knab Family, Burrell,Cynthia,Tom, and Ken

Linda B.
   Posted Fri March 08, 2013
To: Schmitz Jr. Family, Please accept my condolence over the loss of your dear loved one. The Bible assures us: "Your dead ones will live. A corpse of mine they will rise up. Awake and cry out joyfully, you residents in the dust!" Soon the last enemy death will be brought to nothing. But now we are heart broken over the loss of our loved one. Until then our Creator promises to help us cope with our loss. My he be your source of comforter now and into the future.

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