Terry Schmidt

Terry Schmidt
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Terry L. Schmidt, 73, of Belleville, IL, born December 15, 1947, in Belleville, IL, died May 4, 2021, at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, O’Fallon, IL.

Mr. Schmidt was a Swansea police officer for 40 years before retiring. After retirement, he enjoyed making deliveries for Hideg Pharmacy.  He loved Cardinal baseball, playing cards, fishing, and going out to eat with his friends. Terry never met a stranger.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Shannon Dekeyrel; his parents, James and Fay, nee Wasem, Schmidt; and a brother, David (Marilyn) Schmidt.

Surviving are his wife, Louise, nee Rater, Schmidt; a daughter, Jessica Wright; two grandchildren, Tyler and Collin Dekeyrel; a nephew, Jason (Rebecca) Schmidt; dear aunts, cousins, and friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Belleville Area Humane Society. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday, May 7, 2021, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL. Standard CDC guidelines, including masks and social distancing, will be observed.

Funeral:  Funeral services will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, May 7, 2021, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Cremation to follow services.


29 Comments on Terry Schmidt

Cody Garcia said : Guest Report May 31, 2023 at 6:02 AM

I first met Terry when I was a very young child. He was really good friends with my grandfather Ernie Hamilton. I started working at the TGI Fridays in Fairview Heights when I was maybe 18 or 19 and Terry met my grandfather there for lunch multiple times a week, and at that time it seemed like he knew every single employee by name and they all knew him as well. If I'm going to be 100% honest, I think he was the kindest, fairest, best example of what a police officer can & should be. A great man and a great police officer. I can only hope at least some of his fellow officers learned from him while they could.

  • Troy
  • IL
Rhonda and Kevin Borutta said : Guest Report May 19, 2021 at 1:18 PM

Just saw this today May 18. So saddened to see Terry passed. He was a great guy. Always glad to talk and share what was going on and asked how we were too.. Sending prayers to his family.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Julie Juarez-Heckman said : Guest Report May 16, 2021 at 11:09 AM

Very sorry for your loss! I met Terry at the Swansea Police Department when i visited in my capacity as a IDOR Criminal Investigator. He was very nice!!! Julie

  • Greenville
  • IL
Barb said : Guest Report May 07, 2021 at 5:44 PM

Terry will be missed, he always said said Hello to everyone by name at Swansea Schnucks. As Kim said, catch you later ! Terry and Louise to well known customers. We will miss Terry scooting across the front of the store with his lotto tickets.

  • Swansea
  • Il
Richard Buehlhorn said : Guest Report May 07, 2021 at 4:22 AM

I’m so sorry for your loss ! I grew up in Swansea and Terry always watched our neighborhood in Castle Acres. He was a great person !

  • Belleville
  • Il
cindy brown said : Guest Report May 06, 2021 at 5:13 PM

so sorry for your loss worked with him at Medex great man to work with

  • smithton
  • il
Jeannie Dempsey said : Guest Report May 06, 2021 at 10:45 AM

Such a shock to learn of Terry's death as he delivered meds to The Esquiline, and St. Francis Assisted Living on Monday . We all enjoyed his humor, jokes, and he loved our strawberry candy from the dish on my desk. He will be missed! Our thoughts and prayers are with the Family. Jeannie Dempsey, Concierge at The Esquiline

  • Belleville
  • IL - Illinois
Jim & Carol Cange said : Guest Report May 06, 2021 at 9:16 AM

We are so sorry for your loss. Terry was a great friend and dedicated police officer. RIP Terry.

  • Nashville
  • Il.
Bob and Judy Haentzler said : Guest Report May 06, 2021 at 7:14 AM

We are shocked and saddened to hear of Terry's passing. Terry set my wife and I up on a blind date back in 1982. We actually called him last October to thank him for putting us together. We had a long talk with him and I think he enjoyed it as much as we did. Again, our condolences.

  • Waterloo
  • IL
Edward Gutreuter said : Guest Report May 05, 2021 at 11:22 PM

I first met Terry in the police academy in 1973 , and we stayed friends throughout our careers. I was saddened to hear of his passing. Rest In Peace my friend.

  • Belleville
  • ILL
Mike & Vicki Stasko said : Guest Report May 05, 2021 at 11:14 PM

Our deepest condolences to Terry’s family. Terry & my husband were classmates at Althoff High School. I always enjoyed his kindness when he delivered my prescriptions from Medic Pharmacy & then from Hideg. When another classmate of Terry & Mike’s informed us of Terry’s passing, all I could say “ Who’s going to deliver my drugs?” It was a running joke between Terry & I.....” in your former career, you chased drug dealers & now you deliver drugs!” Sending prayers your way.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Alice Green said : Guest Report May 05, 2021 at 7:39 PM

All of us at Knollwood enjoyed Terry’s infectious smile and riddles; he was such a bright spot in our days especially through the dark days of covid. God bless you Friend, and bring peace to your lovely family.

  • Collinsville
  • IL
Rich & Pat Hamilton said : Guest Report May 05, 2021 at 7:26 PM

Dear Louise, Our sincerest sympathies to you & your entire family as you all deal with Terry’s loss. We were classmates of Terry at St. Teresa’s & then Rich & Terry we’re at Cathedral & Althoff together. He was such a good guy then & it goes without saying that that never changed. May your memories comfort you now. Rich & Pat Hamilton

  • St. Charles
  • Mo
Brittney & Jonathan Phelps said : Guest Report May 05, 2021 at 6:11 PM

We are so sorry to hear this. Terry was a really great friend for a long time to my parents Terry & Bryan Zipfel. I’m happy I had the pleasure of knowing Terry. He was a wonderful man. Our deepest condolences. May he Rest In Peace.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Joker said : Guest Report May 05, 2021 at 3:47 PM

Sorry for your loss. I knew Terry from when I worked at the Clark gas station. R I P Terry and like you always said “catch you later”

  • O’Fallon
  • Il
Vicki Kiro said : Guest Report May 05, 2021 at 3:35 PM

I’ve known Terry for years. Looked out for my family. Super person. RIP Terry. As they say, your shift is over my friend..

  • St louis
  • MO
Mel E. Weith said : Guest Report May 05, 2021 at 11:03 AM

Sorry to hear of Terry's death. He was a great friend, a fun person to work along side.

  • Shiloh
  • IL
Ann Bachmann said : Guest Report May 05, 2021 at 10:50 AM

I am so sorry for your loss. We are sending prayers your way from St. Clare School.

  • O'Fallon
  • IL
Ralph & Carolyn Wottowa said : Guest Report May 05, 2021 at 9:29 AM

Love and prayers to your family. Terry and Ralph were former classmates. We always enjoyed talking with him. Will miss seeing him st Hideg.

  • O’Fallon
  • Ill
Becky wolsey said : Guest Report May 05, 2021 at 8:37 AM

I'm so sorry Terry was a very cheerful person.i met.i enjoy seeing him when he deliver my medicine.will be deeply missed.prayers for Terry and his family God bless him.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Kim Ballard said : Guest Report May 05, 2021 at 7:48 AM

This is terrible sad news Terry and his wife Louise have been my regular customers at the Schnucks Deli for over 20 years. He was an amazing man and police officer. Ticket Terry You will be missed " I'll catch you later kiddo"

  • Saint Libory
  • Illinois
Nicole Muench Hemmer said : Guest Report May 05, 2021 at 7:46 AM

Lou, my deepest condolences to you and the family. I have known you both since I was a little girl and my mom Rose worked at Riedel’s. Terry would come in to play cards with the guys when I worked at Stoney’s. You and the family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Dale flach said : Guest Report May 05, 2021 at 6:36 AM

So sorry for your loss terry was the nicest guy and a good friend. He will be sadly missed

  • Swansea
  • Il
Karen said : Guest Report May 04, 2021 at 11:11 PM

Louise, John and I are so sorry to hear of Terry’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Karen Bien Temporiti

  • St. Louis
Bryan and Terry Zipfel said : Guest Report May 04, 2021 at 8:40 PM

Our deepest condolences. Terry was a life long friend and will be missed dearly. I am grateful to have had such a wonderful friend for my entire life. May he Rest In Peace

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Dennis Geragosian said : Guest Report May 04, 2021 at 4:01 PM

I played cards with Terry every week. He was always talking about his wife and family, and how proud he was of them.Terry will be sadly missed. Rest in peace , and my god bless your family. DENNIS GERAGOSIAN

  • IL
Linda & Ron Farris said : Guest Report May 04, 2021 at 3:55 PM

We are so sorry for your loss. Hugs and prayers to you and your family.

  • Sebring
  • Florida
Ron Borkowski said : Guest Report May 04, 2021 at 3:15 PM

Terry, RIP, Your shift is over. Sgt. Ron Borkowski Ret. Collinsville P. D.

  • Highland
  • Illinois
Jeffery Rater said : Guest Report May 04, 2021 at 3:05 PM

You have our deapest sympathy. He will be dearly missed.

  • Winamac
  • IN

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