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Thomas 'Wheels' Schmidt Jr.

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[January 12, 2009]  HARTSBURG -- Thomas A. "Wheels" Schmidt Jr., 48, of Hartsburg, died Saturday, Jan. 10, 2009, in rural Logan County.

Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Wednesday at Holland Barry and Bennett Funeral Home in Lincoln. His funeral will follow at 7 p.m.

He was born March 15, 1960, at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland to Thomas A. Sr. and Theresa Kasulke Schmidt.

Sadly missing him are his father, of Hartsburg; two brothers, Tony (and wife Betty) Schmidt of Peoria and Tim Schmidt of Hartsburg; two sisters, Teresa "Dollie" (and husband Scott) Heidbreder of Middletown and Tina Coers of Hartsburg; his maternal grandmother, Theresa Kasulke of Maryland; seven nieces and nephews; and his loving canine companion, Teddy.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Theresa Schmidt, and a brother-in-law, Robert "Bub" Coers.

"Wheels" was struck with a disability at a young age, but that did not stop him from being passionate about life. He enjoyed working on automobiles, woodworking, candle making and making wind chimes. He could fix and figure out anything laid out in front of him.

Memorial donations may be made to the family or to Hartsburg Fire and Rescue in his name and will be accepted at the funeral home.

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