Terry Dwane Schmude

February 24, 1953 - April 23, 2021

Terry Dwane Schmude, 68, a resident of Fort Myers, FL for the past year, formerly of Frankfort, IL, passed away Friday, April 23, 2021 in Cape Coral, FL. He was born February 24, 1953 in Chicago, IL to Robert and Reba Schmude, now deceased.

Terry loved his occupation as a land surveyor.  He enjoyed many outdoor activities such as fishing and golfing.  He loved spending time with his family.  His goal was to move to Florida which he accomplished…He loved the water which is where he spent much of his last few weeks. He will always remain in our hearts forever.

He is survived by his loving wife, Kathy Schmude of Fort Myers; children, Dawn Schmude of Lockport, IL, Tracy Schmude of Fort Myers, Carrie Schmude of Cape Coral, and Sean Schmude of Tinley Park, IL; brothers, Robert Schmude (Cathy) of Fort Myers, Glenn Schmude of Mokena, IL, and Raymond Schmude (Gerry) of Worth, IL; grandchildren, Justin Albano, Jade Hill, Kyle Thomas, Kourtney Thomas, and Kaitlynn Orcutt; as well as great grandchildren, Giovanni Velasco, and Kaleb Thomas.

No formal Services are planned at this time.

Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cape Coral, is entrusted with final care.


  1. Tracy Apr 28, 2021 at 7:16 pm

    We miss you dad more than you’ll ever know❤️❤️❤️

  2. Kathy Schmude Apr 29, 2021 at 11:49 am

    You are and always will be the love of my life. I miss you so much. I will never say goodbye so I will say to you what you always said to the kids. See you later alligator. Love you forever

  3. jean Bowman Apr 29, 2021 at 12:18 pm

    Kathy, I am so sorry to hear of Terry’s passing. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.
    With deepest sympathy,


  4. Carrie Schmude Apr 29, 2021 at 4:57 pm

    Dad, no words will ever express how much we will miss you. We all lost a piece of our heart the day you had to leave. As mom said it’s not a goodbye, it’s see you later alligator. Love you always and forever

  5. Loretta Kotula Apr 29, 2021 at 10:02 pm

    My prayers go out to Terry’s family. He’ was a great husband, father and grandfather. 🙏🙏🙏

  6. Bernice Kohler Apr 30, 2021 at 5:20 pm

    Jeanne just let me know about your husband’s passing. I know how much you wanted to get to Florida and I’m glad you made it. So sad your time there was so shut. Thinking of you.

  7. Pat Kociolek Apr 30, 2021 at 8:10 pm

    Kathy, I am so sorry to hear of Terry’s passing. Was hoping you both would have many years of enjoying retirement. My sympathies to you and your family.

  8. Jeanne Wegner Apr 30, 2021 at 9:01 pm

    My heart, thoughts & prayers are with the entire Schmude family during this very sad time- so very sorry for your loss. May all your wonderful memories together give you the comfort & peace of knowing Terry’s eternal spirit will live on within each of your hearts forever.

  9. Sue Segiet May 3, 2021 at 8:33 am

    I’m deeply sorry for the loss of your husband.
    My prayers and sympathies to your family.

  10. BRYANT SCHMUDE Jul 26, 2021 at 4:36 pm

    Came upon this quite by accident but wanted to offer this small condolence from another SCHMUDE in far away Pennsylvania-USA. Long ago, we of the SCHMUDE lines all were rooted from up near The Baltic Sea in what is today Pomerania in Northern Poland. Parts were once the Prussian Empire and today’s Germany. My own dad was Theodore Schmude—a descendant of these SCHMUDE lines who immigrated to USA in the late 1800’s. Some ended up in SW Pennsylvania, some in Northern Illinois and many in Wisconsin. All were of the same SCHMUDE origins. The name SCHMUDE and the Polish version ZMUDA ((with the Z having a dot over it)) are exactly the same. The earliest known and noted family was BALZAR vonSCHMUDE who was granted major land grants in Pomerania in 1515. There is even a SCHMUDE Coat of Arms with ancient Nordic symbols. I respectfully share this data with all of the family of Terry with the deepest regret that we never got to meet at the great SCHMUDE MEET-n-GREETS in Wisconsin. Peace and Comfort to all of his family as I’m sure he is resting in peace.
    BRYANT THEODORE SCHMUDE of the SCHMUDE’s who settled in SW Pennsylvania in 1894……

  11. Donna Elphick Pemberton Oct 30, 2021 at 11:01 pm

    Kathy, I am very sorry for you and your family’s tremendous loss. 😔. I found the news searching for you on FB. As your childhood friend, I remember when you & Terry became a couple after meeting as he walked with his friends through the neighborhood. You two were made for each other, something not everyone has the fortune of finding. ❤️. I send wishes for peace. If you ever return to Illinois, I’d love to see you and give you a big hug. ~ Donna Elphick

  12. Kaitlynn Orcutt Dec 25, 2021 at 5:43 pm

    Miss you a lot grandpa. Everything feels so weird still without you even though its been months. I wish I could’ve seen you before you passed.
    Anyways, merry Christmas, I hope your in a better place and happy. Love you.

  13. Jade Apr 23, 2022 at 9:42 pm

    Well here it is, today marks a year to when we said goodbye. We sang and smiled and cried. Mostly cried. Your sarcasm and wise words are so much needed on a day like today. It comes so often when I wanna pick up the phone and just ask you about all things life related. I miss you and I think I speak for everyone by saying we didn’t have you for enough time. Love- hr bob

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