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Ronald James Schmitt

September 2, 1937 — January 29, 2024

Riverhead Town

Ronald James Schmitt, a compassionate man of integrity and dedication, passed away on January 29, 2024, in Riverhead, New York. He was born on September 2, 1937, in Jasper, Indiana. Ronald was a beloved husband, devoted father, and esteemed Lieutenant of the Suffolk Sheriffs Department. His passing has left behind a void in the lives of his family and friends who cherished him dearly.

Ronald's career as a law enforcement officer spanned several decades and was marked by his unwavering commitment to serving his community. As a Lieutenant in the Suffolk Sheriffs Department, he exemplified professionalism and courage. His colleagues held him in high regard for his exceptional leadership skills and his ability to diffuse tense situations with empathy and grace.

Aside from his distinguished career, Ronald will be fondly remembered as an extraordinary father. He nurtured a loving relationship with his children and ensured they always felt supported. To them, he was not only their father but also their greatest role model and confidant. His daughters Sharon (David) Wirth, Audrey Zaweski and son Ronald Jr. will forever treasure the memories they shared with their father.

One of Ronald's proudest accomplishments was his enduring marriage to his wife Lillian for an incredible 61 years. Their love story was an embodiment of devotion and commitment that served as an inspiration to all who knew them. Lillian stood by Ronald's side throughout their journey together - through the joys and challenges of life - providing unwavering support and love.

Ronald was not only dedicated to his immediate family but also cherished the relationships he had with extended family members and friends. The legacy of love that he leaves behind is continued through his grandchildren: Deanna Wirth, Reese Wirth, Lauren Zaweski; brother Howard (Patty) Schmitt; sister Wanda Schmitt; and many cherished nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Before joining law enforcement, Ronald honorably served in the United States Airforce and United States Army. He demonstrated loyalty and patriotism, serving his country with distinction. Ronald's military service instilled in him a strong sense of duty and a steadfast commitment to protecting and serving others.

The memory of Ronald's kind heart, wisdom, and infectious laughter will forever remain etched in the hearts of those who had the privilege of knowing him. He will be deeply missed, but his legacy will live on as a reminder of the impact one person can have on the lives of others.

A visitation event to celebrate Ronald's life will be held on February 2, 2024, from 3:00 PM to 9:00 PM at Tuthill-Mangano Funeral Home located at 406 E Main St, Riverhead, NY 11901. This gathering will provide an opportunity for family, friends, and community members to offer their condolences and share cherished memories. During the visitation there will be Military Honors with the folding of the flag.

In honor of Ronald's memory, the family kindly requests charitable donations be made to a cause close to his heart (If desired).

As we say farewell to Ronald James Schmitt, let us remember his remarkable life filled with love, commitment, and service. May his soul rest in eternal peace knowing that he positively influenced countless lives during his time with us.

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Service Schedule

Past Services


Friday, February 2, 2024

3:00 - 9:00 pm (Eastern time)

Tuthill-Mangano Funeral Home

406 E Main St, Riverhead, NY 11901

Military Honors during visitation at 6:00pm

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