Barak A. Schmidt, age 45, passed away on Wednesday, January 18, 2023 at St. Elizabeth Hospital, surrounded by his loving family following a brief illness. He was born on January 28, 1977 to Anthony Schmidt and Deborah Mollenhauer in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He entered into the United States Army, and set off to make a career of Intelligence Analyst for the Army, for a brief time, the United States Air Force and then he returned to the Army where he retired from in April of 2020. Barak enjoyed working with electronics and in his spare time would work on fixing or building computers. He also liked listening to rock music and recently had begun to do stone polishing and watching cooking shows. He loved to spend time with his wife and daughter, making bonfires in their backyard.
He is survived by his wife, Manilyn, daughter, Skylyn, parents; Tony (Maria) Schmidt and Deborah Christensen, sister, Traci (Joe) Loftus and stepsisters Nancy Perez and Nidia Capeles. Barak is further survived by his nieces and nephews; Chase, Gavin, Makayla and Tristan as well as many cousins, other relatives and friends.
Family and friends may gather on Tuesday, January 24, 2023 from10:00am until 11:45am, with a service to follow at noon at Valley Funeral Home, 2211 N. Richmond St Appleton. In lieu of flowers and other expressions of sympathy, a memorial fund is being established by the family.
The family would like to thank Dr. Freeman and the nurses at St. Elizabeth Hospital, especially Katie and Sam from the ICU. You were all so caring and compassionate.