Lyle Schmidt

Lyle Schmidt of Crawfordsville, IN, passed away February 18th, 2023, at the Lane House with family by his side. He was 85 years old.


Born in La Porte, IN, he was the son of Norman & Eunice (Glassman) Schmidt. He graduated from La Porte HS and received a Bachelors’ Degree from Indiana State. He was awarded the Wabash Honorary Alumnus for the class of ’95.


He married Judith Johnson of Sheridan, IN, in 1958. Surviving family includes his wife, Judy; son, Jim Schmidt; 3 daughters, Laura Schmidt, Lucy Black, and Jill Schmidt; 6 Grandchildren, Zachary, Bruce, Daniel, Jaclyn, Kate and Will; and 3 Great Grandchildren, Maddox, Henley, and Naomi. Lyle was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Janet Yagelski.


Lyle was involved in many community activities. He helped found the Sugar Creek Ducks Unlimited Chapter, and he joined Judy in starting the “Community Friends” International Student Program at Wabash College in 1985 and it continues to successfully aid many international students at the college. Lyle’s seasonal occupations were The Strawberry Festival (signage and advertising), The Covered Bridge Festival (Parking/Security) and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Yellow Shirt Security). His hobbies were fishing, making and placing bluebird boxes across the golf courses, making his famous cookies for his family and friends, avid bird watching and was well known for his Hoosier Daddy Salsa that he made and sold locally every year.


Lyle’s career started in management at Kroger and in 1965 he started at R.R. Donnelley’s. He retired in 1996 as a Senior Customer Service Representative.

The visitation will be held at the Burkhart Funeral Home in Crawfordsville, IN, on Saturday, March 11th, 2023, from 1-4 pm followed by a service. <>


March 18th, 2023, an additional visitation will be held at the Cutler Funeral Home in La Porte, IN, from 1- 3pm, followed by a procession to the gravesite at Door Village Cemetery.


Donations in lieu of flowers in memory of Lyle can be designated to the following organizations:


Ducks Unlimited Sugar Creek Chapter. Checks should be written to: Ducks Unlimited in c/o Kevin McDougle, 8818 S. 900, West Attica, IN 47918.


Montgomery County Community Foundation <>

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