Age 87. Chuck was called to heaven by his Lord on July 3, 2024. Chuck was born in Dearborn on April 26, 1937, the eldest child of Harold and Doris (Martin) Schauer.

He was raised in Dixboro with his three brothers and one sister.

He was a proud graduate of Ann Arbor High School (now Pioneer) class of 1955. There is where he met his beloved and cherished wife, Charlotte. On October 7,1955, they were married at St. John's Lutheran Church in Northfield Township. They were members there for over 40 years. They created a home at Charlotte’s family farm in Northfield Township that was in the family for three generations. Here they had a community of fellow farm families that became lifelong friends that spanned multiple generations. There they raised their three daughters and one son.

In 1994, Chuck and Charlotte moved to Chelsea, where they spent the rest of their lives. They were closely involved in the raising of their eight grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.

Chuck and Charlotte were married for 62 years and together for 65 years. They were devoted to each other until the end. They loved hosting all the major holidays for their family such as Halloween, Christmas, etc. In the end their little family of six grew to over 30 people.

In 2017, Charlotte was called to heaven to join their daughter, Sharon. Both passed due to long and courageous battles with cancer.

Chuck was an active member of the community for many years. He was a member of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Chelsea. He worked for The Ann Arbor News from age eighteen until he retired in his early 60s. He was a member on the Lima Township board for many years. He also worked at Cole Funeral Chapel, part time, until his cancer diagnosis. Chuck enjoyed watching the University of Michigan Hockey and Football teams and was a member of the Dekers Blue Line Club. Chuck was a proud Wolverine. He also loved bowling, euchre, sailing on cruise ships, but his greatest joy was being with his grandchildren and great grandchildren. Teaching many how to ride bikes, work with tools, and how to build and woodwork in the shop in his home. He enjoyed taking them to the Chelsea Fair and for Big Boy breakfasts on school and summer breaks.

Chuck also helped the Chelsea Boy Scouts and was a proud scout leader for many years. He helped with various projects around the community including helping to build the band stand that sits outside the CHS band parking lot.

Survivors include his daughter, Linda (Patrick) Engel of Dexter; one son, Leonard Schauer of Chelsea; and his two sons-in-law; Andrew (Amy) Smith of North Carolina and Douglas Sherman of Chelsea; and brothers, Carl (Ruth) Schauer of Whitmore Lake, Bruce Schauer of Ann Arbor, and Albert (Margaret) Schauer of Ann Arbor. Also surviving him is his eight very much loved grandchildren. His grandchildren include: Amanda Smith of North Carolina. Danielle “Danie” Engel, Cindy (David) Ahrens, Jeremy Schauer all of Chelsea, Leonard (Crystal) Schauer Jr., Brian (Christina) Leland and Tina (Steve) Cubberly all of Jackson, and Kristopher ‘Kris’ (Megan) Clow of Brooklyn, Michigan. 30 great-grandchildren and his one great-great-grandaughter were his pride and joy.

He was preceded in death by two of his daughters, Sharon Smith, Viola (Wheeler) Schauer Sherman; a son-in-law, Leon Wheeler; his parents, Harold and Doris; his sister, Catherine Ludwig; and sister-in-law, Carol Schauer.

Funeral services will be held Monday, July 8, 11:00 am at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Chelsea, with Rev. Daniel Pezzica officiating. A private family burial will be held at St. John's Cemetery in Northfield township. The family will receive friends at Cole Funeral Chapel Saturday and Sunday from 2-4 & 5-7 pm and at the church Monday, from 10-11 am, with service to follow. Memorial contributions may be made to Our Savior Lutheran Church, 1515 S. Main St., Chelsea, MI 48118.

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#4 Terry Williams 2024-07-04 22:55
He was sort of a father figure for you when I was young so loved to going to visit Sharon and Vi and Linda and Leonard and spending time around their parents very caring and loving people. He will be sadly missed by many he has such a good attitude and a good heart for the Lord.
#3 Warren Zabell 2024-07-03 18:02
For several years, eight of us enjoyed breakfast after church on Sunday mornings: Chuck and Charlotte, Fred and Betty Wild, Al and Madonna Ruhlig, Dixie and myself. The Lord has now called all but three of us home. But He blessed us with the friendships that lasted many years, even though many of those were from a distance. May the Lord bless those surviving with strength and comfort during this time of grief.
#2 Kris McCarthy 2024-07-03 17:25
Heaven has another angel…resting on the arms of Jesus
#1 Jack & Karen Malone 2024-07-03 16:33
Chuck, you are the best!! One of our favorite people from Chelsea. Hugs to you and Charlotte in heaven!❤️

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