Gail Schmidke

September 7, 1936 - August 3, 2019

Gail Herman Schmidke passed away on August 3, 2019 in Lodi, CA at the age of 82.  He was born on September 7, 1936 to Emil Schmidke and Lydia Fuller in Woodland, CA.  He served his country honorably in the US Air Force for 4 years. Gail was a fireman for 16 years then he became a captain. He was known as “Big Dad.”

Gail is preceded in death by his parents Emil Schmidke and Lydia Fuller, brother Bill Schmidke and granddaughter Lindsey Gayle Wendell.

He is survived by wife of 64 years, Dorothy Schmidke; children Michael Schmidke (Pennie), Cheri Wendell (Dan), Kenneth Schmidke (Susan); grandchildren Sharon De la Torre, Malissa Truhitte, Tony Hill (Alicia), Dallas Wendell (Jayme), Ryan Wendell, Thomas Schmidke, Derek Schmidke; also survived by 13 great-grandchildren and sister Nadine Smith.


A graveside inurnment will take place at 1:00p.m. on Friday, August 23, 2019 at Cherokee Memorial Park, located off of Highway 99 at Harney Lane, Lodi CA, 95240.

Cherokee Memorial is honored to serve the Schmidke family.

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