Alan E. Schmidt, age 76, of Oregon passed away on Friday, Dec. 6, 2013 at his home in Oregon. He was born on Oct. 21, 1937, in Chicago, Ill., the son of Edward and Mary Schmidt. He graduated from Lyon’s Township High School in Ill., in 1956 and later attended Illinois Institute of Technology, graduating in 1967 with degrees in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. Al worked for a number of top engineering companies making key contributions to project work on NASA’s Lunar Lander and Skylab Programs. He joined Oscar Mayer in 1981 working in General Machine Development (GMD), Project Engineer Management and R&D Engineering until his retirement in 1997. After retirement, he remained active teaching Tai Ji, volunteering with the Boy Scouts of America, fishing, hunting and shooting trap. Al is survived by his wife, Maurine MacBride, who he married on Oct. 18, 1986, in Madison. Other survivors include his sons; Clay, Max, Craig (Jenni) Villeneuve and Brian (Debbie) Villeneuve; sister, Nancy (Dwain) Hill; and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents. Memorial services will be at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013 at ST. JOHN’S LUTHERAN CHURCH, 625 E. Netherwood Street, Oregon. Visitation and light refreshments will be served at the church, in the Friendship Room, following the service on Saturday. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to a charity of your choice.