Obituaries

Dr. Milton G. Schmitt Jr.

June 1, 1940 - April 8, 2020

Dr. Milton  G. Schmitt Jr.

Obituary

Dr. Milton G. Schmitt, Jr., 79, of Rockford, IL, passed away peacefully, Wednesday evening, April 8, 2020, surrounded by his family.  Milton was born June 1, 1940, at Garfield Park Hospital in Chicago, IL, the son of Dr. Milton G. and Amelia F. (Henninger) Schmitt, Sr.

He married Judith C. Hansen on August 11, 1962, at Grace United Brethren Church in Chicago.  This union would be blessed with three children and nine grandchildren.  Milton and Judy made their spiritual home at Court Street United Methodist Church.

Milton graduated from North Central College and Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine. He completed a one-year internship at Rockford Memorial Hospital followed by two years of service as a Captain in the United States Air Force in Grand Forks, ND. Milton finished both his Residency in Internal Medicine and his Fellowship in Gastroenterology at Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee, WI, and returned to establish a private practice at Rockford Clinic in 1974. It was his privilege to work with the entire health care team of Rockford Clinic, Rockford Memorial Hospital, and Rockford Health System until his retirement in 2012, when he was serving as Chief Medical Officer of Rockford Health System. Throughout his career Milton served the community on the boards of Rockford Clinic, Rockford Memorial Development Foundation, Rockford Health Systems and Van Matre Encompass Rehabilitation Hospital and completed his service in 2017 as Chairman of the Board of Van Matre Encompass Rehabilitation Hospital. 

Milton was a passionate gardener who got his hands dirty as much as possible.  He shared his love of nature with his family, especially during summer trips to the Northwoods of Wisconsin.  Family always came first; some of his favorite times were sharing stories around the dinner table and playing tennis with the kids and grandkids.  

Milton is loved and will be missed by many, especially his wife, Judy; children, David (Kimberly), John (Tammy); Son in-law, William Andersen; grandchildren, Michael, Eric, Hannah, Gabby, Wills, Alex and Ryan; and nieces and nephews.  Milton is preceded in death by his parents; Judy’s parents; daughter, Dr. Katherine A. Andersen; grandchildren, Katy and John Andersen; brothers, Paul and John Schmitt; and sister-in-law Betsy Schmitt.

A memorial service and celebration of life will be held at Court Street United Methodist Church, 215 N. Court Street, Rockford, IL 61103, on Saturday, August 14, 2021, with a gathering beginning at 10:00 a.m. and the service at 11:30 a.m. Arrangements by Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services, 218 W. Hurlbut Ave., Belvidere, IL 61008. To share a memory, please visit www.AndersonFCS.com.

Service Schedule

Saturday, August 14, 2021

Court Street United Methodist Church

A memorial service and celebration of life will be held at Court Street United Methodist Church, 215 N. Court Street, Rockford, IL 61103, on Saturday, August 14, 2021, with a gathering beginning at 10:00 a.m. and the service at 11:30 a.m.

Saturday, August 14, 2021
11:30 am

Court Street United Methodist Church

A memorial service and celebration of life will be held at Court Street United Methodist Church, 215 N. Court Street, Rockford, IL 61103, on Saturday, August 14, 2021, with a gathering beginning at 10:00 a.m. and the service at 11:30 a.m.

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I met Dr. Schmidt when I worked at RMH. He was my GI. Together,we solved the mystery of my stomach issue-H-pylori. We shared an article from JAMA: A Fire in the Belly. We ate lunch together and discussed stomach issues. He was so kind, so thoughtful. I’m so sorry for your loss. I was so fortunate to have met him. Sincerely Carol

Carol Leuenberger 2021-08-10T12:21:51

I was a patient of Dr Schmidt several years ago..just 1 of the many he took care of. He was so kind and caring! I knew he would always listen compassionately.

Tammie Clements 2021-08-10T09:15:00

Judy, We are so sorry to read of Milt’s death. He will be remembered by all whose lives he touched. He was kind, knowledgeable and was both a great physician as well as administrator. He will be missed but you and the family will have many wonderful memories. Condolences, Chuck and Judy Picus

Charles L Picus 2021-08-08T15:04:55

It was my honor to work with Milt for many years while I was living and working in Rockford. His quiet demeanor and wonderful smile were such a joy. Judith, I am so sorry for your and the children’s loss. Please know that there were so many lives that Milt touched and I count mine as one!

Mary Powell 2020-06-13T11:38:05

Our deepest condolences to Judy and family on Milt’s untimely death.
Joe and Carol Valaitis

Joseph Valaitis 2020-04-20T12:45:02

I’m sending the family my sincere sympathy for the loss of your dad husband grandpa etc. I always enjoyed knowing Milton at court street when I was a member there my heart goes out to all of you with love Sue Pedersen

Sue Pedersen 2020-04-17T18:14:44

I was saddened to hear of Dr. Schmitt’s death. He was a very important person in my life when I was younger.

I was referred to him when I was a young woman and was suffering from severe gastro-intestinal symptoms. It had probably been brought on by my family’s residence in West Africa when I was a teenager. I was referred to Dr. Schmitt by my children’s pediatrician and he saved my life.

Within a very short time of beginning to see him my symptoms greatly reduced. Not only did he offer medical management of my illness but he also offered support and caring when I needed it most. He supported me through the surgery I eventually had to have. I have not since then, nor do I expect to ever meet another person with Dr. Schmitt’s medical knowledge, doctoring skills and overwhelming compassion. I will always be grateful to him and owe him for saving my life.

Thea Bruce 2020-04-17T16:34:27

So sorry to hear of Dr. Schmitt’s passing. A compassionate and understanding physician. My sympathy to his wife and family.

Gloria Lopotowski

Gloria Lopotowski 2020-04-16T12:10:59

We were saddened by Milt’s death. He and Judy were kind and welcoming when we came to town. Milt was a teacher and then trusted consultant whom I will miss. Love Ginny and Sheldon

Sheldon and Ginny Weiss 2020-04-16T11:23:29

Judy, you may not remember me but I took care of Kathy on A3. I still think of you and your wonderful family often and am so sorry to hear of Milt’s passing. I still have the cross you made for me and hold it when I need hope. Please accept my sincere condolences, many prayers.

Kristine Taylor 2020-04-14T18:26:46

So sorry for your loss Judy he was a wonderful person your memories will see you through this sad time .

Betty Forlow 2020-04-14T11:50:31

A great physician and wonderful man. So very sad to have him gone so young.

Ruthann Love 2020-04-14T10:48:32

I was so saddened to hear about Milt’s passing. He was very kind to me when I joined his practice at Rockford Clinic and both he and Judy helped welcome me to Rockford. He was a great role model for us young physicians. I was very lucky to have worked with him.

Michael Manley 2020-04-14T10:18:00

We were saddened to read of Milton’s passing. Sending love and prayers to Judy and family.

Orrell and Marcia Ruth 2020-04-14T08:50:30

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