Leo Paul Wendelyn Waldschmidt passed away peacefully on March 31st, 2021 with his wife and son by his side. Born to Helen and Gerhart Waldschmidt in Park, Kansas on October 27, 1928. The fourth of five siblings. The family later moved to Garden City, Kansas where he attended school. He learned early to fish for food. Thus beginning his love for the outdoors. The one enjoyable thing he did was sing. As a young boy he was hired to sing once a week on the local radio station. He was thrilled when his payment was a bowl of ice cream. Times were difficult during the depression and Kansas dustbowl. So, with the help of relatives who lived in Bellingham, WA in 1943 they packed up and moved. He graduated from Bellingham High School in 1946. He spent 10 years in the Naval Reserve joining while attending high school. He loved roller skating and hitch-hiked to Birch Bay, Ferndale and Burlington skating rinks. It was there he was attracted to a cute young brunette named Glenyce Cornish.
After high school he hitch-hiked to Everett to the YMCA and was proud to say he was hired by Mr. Weyehaeuser himself to work in the lumber yard. He then was hired to work on the high-rise towers going up the Skagit River to the dam. He and Glenyce were married May 6, 1949. He then bought a trailer house and went booming from town to town in Eastern, WA, Idaho, and Oregon, with his little family. He would start either baseball or basketball teams in every town he worked. Daughter Leanne was born in 1952, daughter Cheri in 1955. Soon they decided to settle down and bought property with 17 acres in Burlington where son Randy was born in 1962. He had to build a road to get to his property. The city said it needed a name. So it became Waldschmidt Acres. He went to work for Puget Sound Power and Light where he retired in 1991 as a foreman. He also raised Poled Hereford Cattle on his property. In the 80's, he and Glenyce joined a dance troupe and had fun performing in Everett and Seattle. They were chosen to teach dancing on a cruise ship, which they enjoyed. He loved being a fisherman, hunter and rock hound. They traveled to Quartzite, AZ many years where he hunted for geodes and other treasures. Also in Eastern Washington. After nearly 38 years of marriage Glenyce passed away in 1987 and left a void in his heart. For many years he hosted a Waldschmidt family reunion in his backyard. Relatives came from as far away as California. In 1998 he met a new dance partner and it was love at first sight. First date was watching Superbowl on January 25th at Mount Vernon Elks. We were married two years later on January 25th. He sold his acreage and we continued the family reunion for several years in my backyard. Our home became Waldschmidt ¼ Acre. We took many trips in our motorhome. Often going to Puerto Penasco, MX, Arizona, and California. Had many great trips on cruise ships, through the Panama Canal, Alaska, and the Carribean. More recently we went on riverboat cruises on Duoro River in Portugal, Danube River, and Mississippi River. Our favorite place was Branson, Missouri where we met Mel Tillis and Mickey Gilley. We went on a cruise with Moe Brandy and Jim Stafford. Upgrading motorhomes we joined an RV Club and made lifelong friendships. He loved the competition of the outdoor games. The challenge of playing cribbage and card games. He was a member of Skagit Golf & Country Club. He played golf until all his friends passed on. He bowled for many years in leagues and we bowled together on the Seniors day time leagues. Leo loved life and his family, was a great story-teller and everyone loved him. He loved taking his boat out in the sound and pulling up his crab pots. Always the rock hound, he purchased a rock cutter and spent many hours cutting and polishing rocks.
We were on the Bellingham Class of '46 Reunion Committee and until the pandemic, met with his classmates once a month for lunch. The few remaining enjoyed reminiscing about the "Good Old Days". He even enjoyed playing Bunco with my Red Hat Ladies. Always a perfect host for our many summer and Christmas parties. He was a life Elk member, was a trustee at Mount Vernon Lodge 1604, now a member of Bellingham Lodge 194. Also belonged to Skagit Valley Eagles 3242 and Moose Lodge 1640. Member of Skagit Rock and Gem club. He just received his 70 year pin from IBEW local 77. He said he always enjoyed every day he went to work.
He was predeceased by his parents, sister Marcella Brown, brother-in-law Darrel Brown, sister Johanna Murphy and brother Denny Waldschmidt, sister-in-laws, June Waldschmidt and Vera Waldschmidt. Survived by his wife Sharon at family home, daughter Leanne Wiseman (Darrel) of Burlington, Cheri Fiedler (Bob) of Mount Vernon, Randy Waldschmidt (Cindy) of Bow, brother Jim Waldschmidt of Roseville, CA. Grandchildren Alicia Schemm (Jesse) of Mount Vernon, Jessica Baldwin (Travis) of Mount Vernon, Dean Fiedler (Angela) of Missoula, MT, Neil Fiedler (Kristin) of Naples, ID, Callie Waldschmidt, of Deming, Evan Waldschmidt, Trevor Waldschmidt, of Bow. Greatgrandchildren, Taine Hudson, Lincoln, Jackson, and Harrison Fiedler. Special nephew Ron Brown (Sharon) of Sedro-Woolley, brother-in-law Larry Murphy of Olympia. Special friend Roy Frazier. Numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.
Stepchildren, Joni Rea (Ron), Warren Cole, Garret Cole, (Geri). Step grandchildren Brandy Neil (Chris), Casey Jean Cole (Josh Libby), Wesley Cole, Chase Cole (Carly), Canon Cole. Great-grands Anthony Heiniken, Landon Moore, BrookLynn, Oakley Hubbard and Leonard Libby, Cain and Natalie Garcia, and Harlie and Dakota Cole, sister-in-laws Candis Kellar of Blaine & Genee Kay (Bruce) of Ferndale, Brother-in-law, Wynn Haws (Lori) of Blaine.
We would like to thank the nurses and doctors who cared for him his last few days. At his suggestion you may give contributions to Waldschmidt Scholarship at Skagit Valley College Foundation Mount Vernon or charity of your choice.
There will be a private family graveside service and a Celebration of Life at a future date. Please sign our guest register at Goskagit.com.