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Michael Franke Schmitt

Lonoke, AR, 1949 - 2021

Michael Franke Schmitt, 71, passed from this life in his home in Lonoke, AR on July 18th, 2021, due to complications from cancer.
Michael's entire professional life was anchored in his unwavering commitment and selfless service to the U.S. Army and every soldier who served in the Arkansas Army National Guard. As a Master Sergeant, he was honored to retire with 34 years, serving some of America's finest soldiers, to include all of his children.
Hunky Honey Bunny, as he was affectionally known by his loving, devoted wife, Pauletta, cherished almost 25 years of life together, with 16 years of the most amazing marriage. She was honored to serve with him in the Arkansas Army National Guard. They traveled the world and she enjoyed, participated and supported him in all his hobbies such as Harley Davidson motorcycles, Studebakers and trains. She loves him with her whole heart for eternity.
He is preceded in death by his wonderful parents, Michael Grover and Kathleen Mary Schmitt of Brookfield, Wis.; and many cherished aunts and uncles; and great-grandparents.
Michael always spoke very highly of his sisters and brother. He loved them more words could say: Janice (George) Jones, David (Karen) Schmitt of Brookfield, Wis., and Patricia (David) Kirschling of Muskego, Wis.
His Legacy lives on through his four children. He was always extremely proud each one of them, all their accomplishments and service to their country. His grandchildren brought him a great joy even a vintage Harley could not. He truly loved and cherished each one of them.
Daughter (PFC) Amanda (Blake) Shadell of Maumelle, Ark., and their children, Gwendolyn and Logan; sons (CW2) Conrad (Robin) Schmitt and their children, Chloe and Lexi, (Ret SSG) Erich Schmitt, and (Sr Airman) Kurt Schmitt, all of North Little Rock, Ark.; and last, but not least by any means, a very dear nephew, James Bowden, of Malvern, Ark. whom he loved like a son and always spoke very highly of.
Also mourning his passing are many loving nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, cousins, and lifelong friends. He honestly loved and cherished each one of you and truly appreciated your love and support to both he and Pauletta during his battle with cancer.
Services will be held at Smith Sherwood Funeral Home 7700 Hwy 107 Sherwood, Ark. 72120. Visitation will be from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, 25 July, 2021, at Smith Sherwood Funeral Home (7700 Hwy 107). Memorial service with military honors will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, 26 July, 2021, at the funeral home with burial following at Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery at noon (1501 W Maryland Ave.). Please visit for the online guestbook.

Published July 21, 2021

Smith Sherwood Funeral Home
7700 Hwy 107, Sherwood, AR
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Phone: 501-834-1191