Charles "Chuck" Schmidt

August 21st, 1958November 18th, 2014

Charles P. “Chuck” Schmidt was born on August 21, 1958 in Boulder, Colorado to Eileen (Harris) Schmidt and Albert A. Schmidt, of Louisville, Colorado.

Chuck attended Louisville Elementary School, Louisville High School and was in the first freshman class at Centaurus High School, graduating in 1976. He grew up with siblings, cousins and neighbors, spending summer days playing in the mini-ditch, and summer nights playing kick-the-can. For Christmas each year throughout much of his childhood, he received some kind of fake gun, often accompanied by faux-leather Western wear.

After graduation from high school, Chuck attended Metro State College. He married Susan Wilke in 1978, and they had two children, Laura and David. The couple later divorced. While working fulltime at Storage Technology, raising his children and serving as a volunteer firefighter in Louisville, Chuck obtained his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 1984 from the University of Northern Colorado. He later went on to obtain a Master of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Colorado.

Chuck worked for Storage Technology Corp. from 1979-1997, starting as a business analyst and working his way up to Vice President of the Global Partners Group. He was the youngest vice president ever appointed at Storage Technology. In 1997, he left Storage Technology to work for several start-up companies, serving as CEO for several of these organizations. In 2007, he was hired as a program executive for Customer Value Partners in Fairfax, Virginia. During his tenure with the company he worked as the manager of such large projects as the recovery of Mississippi following Hurricane Katrina including the rebuilding of the Gulf of Mississippi in Gulfport, to assisting with the development of emergency operations training for the continuity of leadership in the Executive branch of the United States government.

He was also active in the Louisville Volunteer Fire Department for more than 17 years, holding many officer positions including Chief from 1987-1988.

Family and friends were everything to Chuck, and he cultivated strong relationships with his children, his siblings, his nieces and nephews and many, many friends. In addition to his drive to be successful in his career, he was known for his ridiculous humor, his ability to laugh at himself, his amazing sense of timing and his constant pratfalls. He was a giving, generous, kind man who would drop anything to help a friend or family member in need. He loved animals, especially dogs and pigs.

Chuck died Tuesday, November 18 at his home in Lousiville. Chuck is survived by the loves of his life, his daughter, Laura Schmidt Rennich and her husband, Chad Rennich, of Denver; and his son, David, of Louisville. He is also survived by his brother, Chris Schmidt (Reggie Schmidt) of Louisville; and sisters Laurie Schmidt Ogden (Greg Ogden) of Frederick, Colorado, and Theresa Schmidt Myers (Bruce Myers) of Greeley, Colorado; an aunt, Nadine (Harris) Caranci of Lousiville; numerous nieces and nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews, cousins, and many close and wonderful friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Eileen (Harris) and Albert Schmidt of Louisville, his grandparents, and many beloved great aunts, great uncles, aunts, uncles and cousins.

A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, November 26, 2014 at 10:00 am, at Darrell Howe Mortuary, 1701 W. South Boulder Rd., Lafayette, CO 80026.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Big Bones Canine Rescue at 32614 Weld County Road 23, Windsor, Colorado, 80550, or Paypal donations can be sent to [email protected]. For more information, visit


A memorial service will be held Wednesday, November 26, 2014 at 10:00 am at Darrell Howe Mortuary, 1701 W. South Boulder Road, Lafayette, Colorado 80026.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Big Bones Canine Rescue at 32614 Weld County Road 23, Windsor, Colorado, 80550, or Paypal donations can be sent to [email protected]. For more information, visit








Chuck... To soon to say goodbye... He must need you for something important...We will miss you!
Dear Schmidt Family & Friends: It was with great sadness that I learned of Chuck’s passing. He and I worked together at CVP, spending many days together in Mississippi and on other projects. I must tell you that Chuck’s work was instrumental to many thousands of our citizens across Mississippi in rebuilding their lives following Katrina. Chuck and I spent many hours talking about family and I know that he felt his greatest accomplishment was to have the family he has, and the many friends he made. I will always remember his great character, his competence, his integrity and his wit. I am humbled that he was, and always will be, my friend. Whitman wrote: “That you are here – that life exists and identity, that the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse.” I believe Chuck’s verse has been magnificent. My prayers and thoughts go to all of you and to all of Chuck’s many friends. May your memories of your life and times together comfort you now and in the future…and I pray that Chuck finds comfort in the loving cradle of God’s arms. Scott Goodman
Chuck made an amazing contribution to Mississippi's remarkable recovery from Hurricane Katrina. He was one of the truly unsung heroes, always in the background, working constantly to unravel the complexities of disaster recovery for the victims.
To the Family, I pray you found strength in God and in each other. To Chuck, you always brought boldness and yet you had such a caring spirit and heart. You taught me much and most importantly believed in me. I pray Heaven has a special place for you. No fires to put out (natural or business like). Take Rest.
Chuck, you were always kind beyond words and admired/respected by a multitude of employees and co-workers. Loved by many and never to be forgotten.
Chuck's kindness and genuine desire to help others emanated in both his personal and professional life. He wanted to make a difference, and he most assuredly did! Rest in peace Chuck and thank you for your amazing life’s work.
Chuck was full of life. I was lucky to work with him in the Mike Sobieski standard costs group at STC. Chuck was incredibly proud of his participation as a volunteer with the Louisville Fire Dept. As a rookie he was given a firemen's hat with a siren and light on top. That was Chuck, energetic and ready to take on the world. Condolences to all the family .
I was very sorry to hear of Chuck's passing; may he now finally find peace and rest. My sincerest condolences to Laura, David, Sue, Chris and Reggie and the rest of Chuck's family. I have many fond memories of gatherings at Chuck and Sue's or at the Fire Department. May you all find comfort in good memories. May God's peace be with you. Love, Nina