Phoenix Jeweler Dies in Accident

January 28, 1999

Phoenix Jeweler Dies in Accident

Carl Schmieder of Otto Schmieder & Son Jewelers, Phoenix, AZ, died Jan. 23 in the crash of a World War II-vintage aircraft he was piloting while performing maneuvers over the desert. He was 60.

Schmieder was well-known in the industry, serving as a past officer for American Gem Society and past president of the Arizona Jewelers Association. A second-generation jeweler, he operated two stores – one in Phoenix and one in Sun City, AZ. Several years ago he attempted to retire from the business, selling his stores to an employee, but two years later took control again and operated them until his death.

The crash, which also killed Schmieder's passenger Shannon Forbes, was termed an accident by the Maricopa County Sheriff's office, but the cause is being investigated by the National Transportation Safety Commission and the Federal Aviation Agency. Schmieder, a World War II aviation buff, had personally restored the AT6 trainer he was flying. He was a member of several war-vintage aviation groups. He was a pilot for more than 30 years and a flight instructor for the past 10 years.

He is survived by his wife Carole and four daughters. Memorial services will be held in Phoenix Jan. 29.

- by Jack Heeger