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Ralph D. Schmidt

Rolf “Ralph” Dietmar Schmidt, 81, of Kennett Square, PA passed away peacefully on September 8, 2018 at his home.  He was born in Naumburg, Germany, the only son of the late Albert and Helma Schmidt.

 In 1952, Ralph emigrated alone from Germany and lived in Florida with his parent’s friends Mark and Georgia Kerr.  He completed his secondary education at Deland High School and was a member of the National Honor Society; he remained close with many of his high school classmates.  In 1956 Ralph moved to Wilmington, Delaware and started his long career with DuPont, studying at night to receive his college degree in civil engineering.  He married his pre-deceased wife Joan (Carr) in 1962.  Working for DuPont took him around the world; Ralph and Joan enjoyed travelling.  Ralph also owned an equestrian supply company, Thornhill Enterprises, which he, his daughter Karla and a few close employees operated for 32 years.

 In addition to his parents, Ralph was preceded in death by his wife of 46 years, and his son Rolf Eric.  He is survived by his daughter Ingrid Charlton and her husband Frank of Avondale, and his daughter Karla Schmidt of Kennett Square, and two granddaughters Ava and Olivia.

 Ralph was extremely grateful for the love and care provided to him by all his caregivers and aides, in particular his friend Sandi.  The family is thankful as well.

 Funeral services will be held Wednesday, September 19, 2018 at 12 noon at Chandler Funeral Home 7230 Lancaster Pike, Hockessin, Delaware. Relatives and friends may call at the funeral home from 11 am-12 pm.  Interment private at a later date; St. Patrick’s Cemetery.

 

 

 

Funeral Services

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, September 19, 2018 at 12 noon at Chandler Funeral Home 7230 Lancaster Pike, Hockessin, Delaware. Relatives and friends may call at the funeral home from 11 am-12 pm.  Interment private at a later date; St. Patrick’s Cemetery.

 

 

 

Condolences

    The Nelms writes,
    We extend our heartfelt condolences to your family for the loss of your father. May the peace of God surround you and bring you comfort until the time when God will permanently wipe the tears from all faces and death and mourning will be no more- Isaiah 25:8
    09/11/2018 11:23 am
    Louise A Rice lit a candle and writes,
    I'm sorry for your family's loss. He was a wonderful person and I was very lucky to have the privilege of knowing him and taking care of him. He loved my scrapple and eggs for breakfast. He always called me his hummingbird.
    09/11/2018 11:58 am
    Angela writes,
    Ingrid and Karla, I am so sorry for lost. I know how much your Dad meant to you. He is in a better place and not suffering. Thanksgiving dinner will never be the same again.
    09/12/2018 09:13 am
    Mary lou Thomas writes,
    Ralph was a good neighbor and helped us out many times My condolences to Ingrid and Karla
    09/12/2018 10:43 am
    Tammy Prince lit a candle and writes,
    My thoughts and prayers are with your family during this difficult time. Ralph was such a wonderful and caring person. It was a pleasure working for Thornhill for many years. My cat "Ralph", his namesake, will be very sad when hears the news. We have lost a wonderful person. Love to all.... Tammy
    09/12/2018 12:32 pm
    Brenda & Tony McDonald lit a candle and writes,
    Ingrid, Frank, and Ava & Olivia... We're so sorry to read the the news of the passing of your father, Ingrid. While not knowing him, he seems like such a special man and I know you will all miss him tremendously. Many condolences to you all. Prayers for a peaceful transition...Brenda & Tony
    09/13/2018 03:03 pm

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