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Howard Martin Schmies
February 12, 1928 - May 19, 2020
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Howard Martin Schmies passed peacefully surrounded by family on May 19, 2020 at the age of 92. Howard was born on February 12, 1928 in Cleveland OH. He served in the military police corps with the Army in Yokohama Japan before attending Case Western Reserve for electrical engineering. He spent most of his working career…

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Tim Pritchard left a message on May 26, 2020:
I always enjoyed talking with Howard about sports, the stock market & investments and just general life experiences. His favorite response to receiving a tidbit of information was “Is that right”; his way of acknowledging that it was something he didn’t know before. Visiting with Lorrie’s parents was a treat (for all of us), Howard would offer a beer, Pat would often have made her special chocolate cake and we’d have a nice steak or BBQ chicken dinner cookout. He was especially excited if we arrived with a prime rib to roast for dinner. And of course, some red wine to go with it. I enjoyed knowing Howard for 30+ years. He was a good man, great father-in-law and will be missed.
Lorrie Pritchard left a message on May 26, 2020:
Dad, we will all miss you. I’m grateful for you always being there for all of us. You were a compassionate man and gave great life advice (even when I didn’t think I needed it). I could depend on you for everything. My fondest memories include my Dad working on some woodworking project. We all knew how bad his fingers “got it” and if a trip to the hospital was needed by just how bad the swearing was coming from the basement (it added to my vocabulary as a kid). He was a big kid at heart and fun too, as the rotten tomato fight in the garden would attest (I found out that rotten tomatoes are better than water balloons). None of us could go in the house until we were hosed off and that lead to more playtime. The go-cart he made when we were kids was another fond memory. We crashed into everything, but it was all part of the fun with Dad. And I’ll never forget the piggy back ride, on stilts, going down the basement stairs with Mom yelling “HOWARD!”. He used his intelligence and love of electrical science to demonstrate and teach us to open our minds to things. Just because you didn’t see something with the naked eye didn’t mean it wasn’t there, so look beyond. One time he used a prism and light to show the magnetic electrical field of everything in the basement. It showed a whole different world that normally you couldn’t see. The colors were amazing. Now, even though we cannot see Dad, he is still with us, just in another way. We will always love you Dad and thank you for being the person you were.
Richard Wenner left a message on May 24, 2020:
I work for Howard @ Nela in Marketing in the late 70's. There was a cut back that meant I was going to be Laid Off. HE managed to get me an Interview in the Photo Engineering, after which I was hired, Thus, I was able to continue working at Nela in that an other assignments until I retired in 94. I have always been Great full to Howard for that !!!!!
Richard Wenner left a message on May 24, 2020:
I work for Howard @ Nela in Marketing in the late 70's. There was a cut back that meant I was going to be Laid Off. HE managed to get me an Interview in the Photo Engineering, after which I was hired, Thus, I was able to continue working at Nela in that an other assignments until I retired in 94. I have always been Great full to Howard for that !!!!!
Molly Bombard left a message on May 23, 2020:
Howard was a man of many talents. He was quiet but deep thinking. He had many hobbies. I liked seeing his garden and musical instruments he made when we would come in town. He had big blue eyes and a caring gentle spirit. He will be sorely missed.
bill bombard left a message on May 23, 2020:
Howard was a great father in law. He generously helped us to build our first house in Ohio. He was a gentle giant at six feet four inches tall and was also known as "horizontal Howard for his frequent naps on the couch.
Susan Jasbeck Steinberg left a message on May 22, 2020:
Uncle Howard always amazed me with his many talents, his wry sense of humor and story telling skills. He was so very smart, funny, and generous. He made beautiful instruments and chuckled about how he could not play them. He sent me a travel-size guitar which I cherish and keep on display. We are so lucky to have known him! Heartfelt sympathies to all- Love, Susie
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