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Posted by: thepinetree on 12/13/2018 08:31 PM Updated by: thepinetree on 12/13/2018 09:03 PM
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Former Mountain Ranch Realty Owner Bill Schmiett Has Passed Away at 66

Mountain Ranch, CA...The following was written by Doug Schmiett the brother of Bill Schmiett. Broge is dead. Long live Broge. It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of my brother Bill Schmiett. He passed away this morning (Dec 11). His battle with liver disease is over. He died with his wife and best friend, Julie, by his side. He battled with resolve until the very end. Bill made 66 trips around the sun.

Bill was a great brother, a loving husband, a father who wished he could have done more, and a friend to so many throughout his life. He worked with CDF/CalFire and the USFS. He was a private pilot, a sailor, stockbroker, car salesman, ski bum, Cliff Clavin award winner, waste water technician, DSL installer, union carpenter and shop steward, a realtor/broker/owner and a Hawaiian shirt wearing big loveable lug. And he was almost fluent in Spanish as well.

My broge, our nickname for each other, was a passionate man. Whether it was love, politics, religion or social issues of the day he definitely had his opinions, and you know what they say about opinions. Did he have a temper? Of course he did? Did he fess up when he was wrong or hurtful? He always did with me.

Oh, and he helped save the town of Mountain Ranch and their water supply while his own house burned in the Butte fire of 2015. Sadly the Butte fire has claimed its latest victim.

Perhaps the biggest joy I experienced in his last months was to be able to make him smile. When he smiled there was always a twinkle in his eyes. Sometimes it said “got ‘em with that one” when he was having a discussion with an antagonist but it was usually just him being happy that he was amongst friends and family.

So now he returns to the universe from which he came sixty-six years ago. Bill is survived by his wife Julie Shelby, mother Margery Couls, sister Gigi Culy, brother Doug Schmiett, son Erik Schmiett, daughter Kate Schmiett, nieces and nephews, cousins and great cousins.

When you have the chance lift your favorite beverage to the sky and salute my brother, my friend, Bill Schmiett. Oh and if you’re wearing a Hawaiian shirt that would be nice.

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Posted on: 2018-12-13 20:38:46   By: Anonymous
Bill you are missed. This to me seems like a delayed casualty of the Butte Fire.

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    Posted on: 2018-12-13 20:57:08   By: Anonymous
    Bill was an awesome guy, always making you laugh and so knowledgeable about so many things.
    Your smile and willingness to help people will be missed.
    Here's to you my Brother

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      Posted on: 2018-12-14 08:57:49   By: Anonymous
      Bill will be missed; always there to lend a helping hand...
      Rest in Peace

      We'll play yer favorite song this weekend


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    Posted on: 2018-12-14 08:50:36   By: Anonymous
    We will miss you Bill. Cabo will never be the same without you and Julia. A great guy.

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    Posted on: 2018-12-14 09:30:40   By: Anonymous
    Sorry to hear. I worked with him on occasion and while I didn't know him all that well he seemed like a really good guy. Rest in Peace Bill.

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      Re: Bill
      Posted on: 2018-12-14 19:58:45   By: Anonymous
      What an awesome friend, a genuine guy, a loss for all humanity.
      Cheers to you Bill!

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No Subject
Posted on: 2018-12-14 09:39:03   By: Anonymous
I Did not know him personally, but he looks like the kind of guy you'd like to have as a neighbor!
Great eulogy post and sorry for the lost of a brother.

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Another Mountain Ranch character
Posted on: 2018-12-14 10:17:30   By: Anonymous
Gone too soon. He sure added his color to town. Gonna miss his humor and vast array of Hawai'ian shirts.

Hugs & comforts to Julie & family.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2018-12-14 16:16:53   By: Anonymous
RIP Buddy, I know the loss of your home and much of the community in the Butte Fire hit you hard.

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    Posted on: 2018-12-14 20:23:28   By: Anonymous
    Just a great picture of Bill. Always a fun dude. He had the biggest hat in Mountain Ranch. Miss you too much. love you Julie!

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